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Excel Pivot Table - Access Link

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Hi,

I'm trying to create a Pivot Table in excel based on a connection to an access database. I managed to easily get data from the database, but what I'm wondering is if there's a way to modify some values in the tables from excel and save the changes back to the access database. So far it always reverts back to the database values if I close and re-open the excel sheet
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Yes, it's a one way flow.  Excel is just used to view the data in the database and mash it up in a pivot table or chart.

Your best bet is to write a macro to read the data on the sheet and form an sql update command and update your database but it wouldn't be via the same connection.  It would all have to be done in code so not sure of your skill level re that...

Are we talking just a few cells or rows and rows of data?
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The tricky part is if you're trying to update a table in Access from a pivot table in excel because a pivot table has pivoted the data.  This means that there is a calculation (expression) that has been created against one or more dimensions (columns in your table).
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Ok I see, thank you! I know the pivot table summarizes data, but when you double click on the cell, it actually opens up the individual rows related to that sum.

I'm wondering then if there's another app that would give me the option to display it in a pivot table, to which I can also makes changes to the data, sort of like Tableau software?
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Ah so you have the table in another sheet?
Because you can bring in any column from any table and more to the point, bring in a query there is no way excel is going to know what tale to update.
However, you can think about this is a different way and use formulas to update the database based on info shown to your users.
E.g. you show them customer info, they change a few fields and you use a formula in the cells adjacent to the table of data to update specific customer info
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