Access 2007 can no longer link to Excel 2007 data due to Chart Sheets
Posted on 2012-04-10
How do we link Excel 2007 data into an Access 2007 accdb when there are "chart sheets" in the Excel workbook?
I'm hoping there's a good explanation or workaround for this. We have recently upgraded from Office 2003 to Office 2007. In 2003, we linked from Access to Excel tables. What we have found now in 2007 is that, if there is a "chart sheet" ( a chart on its own tab or sheet rather than a chart as an object in a sheet) in the Excel 2007 workbook, we can no longer link to the data in that workbook from Access 2007. We get the error, "External table is not in the expected format."
If we then go into that same Excel workbook, delete the chart sheet, and save the workbook, Access can link to the workbook just fine. If we put charts in the workbook as objects on worksheets, Access links just fine. It's only when there is a chart as its own sheet that Access can't link.
We've started with brand new Access accdb databases and with brand new xlsx workbooks using the very simplest of data in Excel and we can duplicate this error every time. I've spent the last 30 minutes looking for solutions here in experts-exchange but couldn't find anything so sorry if this question has already been addressed and I just couldn't find it.
We don't want to lose the functionality of having charts as their own sheets, but if we do that, we lose the functionality of Access being able to link to our workbooks.