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How import certain Excel columns into table in Access

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I need to find a way to import certain columns of an Excel file into an Access table.

Here are the specifics:

1) The Excel file will always be in a specific folder on the user's desktop named "Import Files".
2) There will be only one Excel file in the folder.
3) The data to import will always be in "Sheet1"
4) This may change but for example I need columns A, B, C, D, F, and G
5) The first column will hold the primary key field.
6) The name of the table the data is to import into is "tblImports"

The is one more challenge to this but I'll ask in it a separate topic once this topic has been resolved.
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by:Dale Fye (Access MVP)
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I generally use the TransferSpreadsheet method to import all of the fields into a staging table (tblStageExcelData), then I use a query to append only the fields I need into my destination table (tblImports).  This allows me to use the built in conversion functions to ensure that the data that ends up in my destination table is in the correct format.
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by:SteveL13
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I must be doing something wrong.  What is wrong with this?

DoCmd.TransferSpreadsheet acImport, 3, "tblTempImport", "C:\ImportFiles\ImportFile.xlsx", True

(I'm using Access 2010)
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Dale Fye (Access MVP) earned 500 total points
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I don't see '3' being an option for the spreadsheet type argument.  Try:

DoCmd.TransferSpreadsheet acImport, acSpreadsheetTypeExcel12, "tblTempImport", "C:\ImportFiles\ImportFile.xlsx", True
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by:SteveL13
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That did work.  But a question...  will acSpreadsheetTypeExcel12 work for Access 2007 as well as 2010?
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Yes.
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by:SteveL13
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Thank you very much.
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welcome.
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