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In excel create a connection to another excel workbook

Posted on 2013-05-22
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I have a spreadsheet that gets some data from another excel workbook. It works fine, except if there are new, additional columns in the source workbook, they are ignored, don't show up in spreadsheet using the connection. It seems like the connection is somehow remembering all the column names and will only import those, even though the sql is like select * from ....

If there are fewer columns in the source workbook, then the missing columns (headers) will show up like Column1, Column2, etc, but, of course, no data in these columns.

Any ideas on how to make the table expand / shrink with the source?

thanks
Alan

excel 2010, 32 bit, on a windows 7 64 bit box.
connection looks like (points to a sharepoint folder):
DSN=Excel Files;DBQ=\\network\DavWWWRoot\SiteDirectory\path\VWProductSpendData.xlsx;DefaultDir=\\network\DavWWWRoot\SiteDirectory\path\;DriverId=1046;MaxBufferSize=2048;PageTimeout=5;
Command type: SQL
Command text like:
SELECT *
FROM `\\network\DavWWWRoot\SiteDirectory\path\VWProductSpendData.xlsx`.qryVWProductSpend qryVWProductSpend

connection was create from within excel using "From Other Sources", selecting Excel Files*
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Rory Archibald earned 500 total points
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Right-click the table, choose "External Data Properties", and uncheck the "Preserve column sort/filter/layout" option.

HTH
Rory
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by:avoorheis
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hmmm, I don't remember exactly how I created this, but, it's not a table (which is a bit odd for me, cause I think I normally end up with a table when using a data connection).
Anyhow, I thought I had already unchecked that, but, now that I'm looking at it again, that option is grayed out.
Let me go through the creation process again and I'll report back.
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by:avoorheis
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I guess that's the issue. I actually did the import from a text file instead of a spreadsheet and has less control of the columns.

thanks
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