The example code in this article demonstrates how to append the data from
a Microsoft Excel worksheet to a table in a Microsoft Access database
(.mdb). The code uses the SQL INSERT INTO statement to append the records
from the Microsoft Excel Worksheet to the table in the Microsoft Access
NOTE: SQL syntax is not supported by Microsoft Technical Support and this
Visual Basic example is provided as an example of this method only for
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The procedure uses the following algorithm:
- With data access objects (DAO), attach the Microsoft Excel table to
a Microsoft Access database.
- Use an append query to add the records from the attached Microsoft
Excel table to a table in a Microsoft Access database.
The Visual Basic Code Example
- In a new workbook, enter the following data in cells A1:B3.
United Shipping (111)222-3333
Carriers Inc. (999)888-7777
- Select cells A1:B3. Point to Name on the Insert menu, and then click
Define. Type the name MyTable and click OK.
- Save this workbook as "C:\My Documents\Book1.xls" and close the
- Start a new workbook and create the following procedure in the new
Dim db As database
Dim rs As recordset
Dim XLTable As TableDef
Dim strSQL As String
'Open the Microsoft Access database.
Set db = OpenDatabase("C:\MSOffice\Access\Samples\Northwind.mdb")
'Attach the Microsoft Excel 5.0 table "MyTable" from the file
'Book1.xls to the Microsoft Access database.
Set XLTable = db.CreateTableDef("Temp")
'In Microsoft Excel 97, use
' XLTable.Connect = "Excel 8.0;DATABASE=...
'The rest of the line is the same.
XLTable.Connect = "Excel 5.0;DATABASE=C:\My Documents\Book1.xls"
XLTable.SourceTableName = "MyTable"
'Run the append query that adds all of the records from MyTable
'to the Shippers table.
strSQL = "Insert into Shippers Select * from Temp"
'Execute the SQL statement.
'Remove the attached table because it's no longer needed.
NOTE: This macro utilizes the Northwind.mdb sample database that is
installed with Microsoft Office Professional, versions 97 and 7.0.
With version 7.0, by default, this file is located in the directory
C:\MSOffice\Access\Samples. With version 97, by default, this file is
located in the directory C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\Samples.
You may need to modify this macro so that the path to the sample database
is correct for your installation.
- With the module sheet active, click References on the Tools menu to
reference the DAO Object library. If you are using Microsoft Excel
version 7.0, click to select "Microsoft DAO 3.0 Object Library" in
the list of Available References. If you are using Microsoft Excel
version 97, click to select "Microsoft DAO 3.5 Object Library" in the
list of Available References.
- Run the macro.
After the macro runs, the two records that you created in the workbook
Book1.xls have been added to the Shippers table in the sample Microsoft
Access database Northwind.mdb.
For more information about Data Access Methods, click the Contents tab
in Microsoft Excel Help. Double-click "Microsoft Data Access Objects
(DAO)," double-click "Data Access Methods Reference," and then double-
click the appropriate letters to display the following topics:
OpenRecordset, Execute, CreateTableDef, Append
Article ID: 145826 - Last Review: October 11, 2006 - Revision: 2.3
- Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition
- Microsoft Excel 95 Standard Edition
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