OL98: Importing from Microsoft Excel Requires Named Range

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In Microsoft Outlook 98, when you try to import Calendar, Contact, or Task information from Microsoft Excel, you may receive one of the following messages:
An error has occurred in the Microsoft Excel translator while getting the contents of a file system.

The Microsoft Excel file '<Drive\Directory\Filename>' has no named ranges. Use Microsoft Excel to name the range of data you want to import.
An ODBC error has occurred in Microsoft Excel translator while opening a file to build a field map. Microsoft ODBC Excel driver: too many fields defined.


The information you are trying to import is not contained within a named range in the Microsoft Excel file. Or the range name used is the same as one of the column header names in the range.


To successfully import information using a Microsoft Excel file, define a named range in your Microsoft Excel worksheet. The name assigned to the range should not be the same as one of the column header names.

To Define a Named Range

To define a named range in Microsoft Excel, follow these steps:
  1. In your Microsoft Excel worksheet, select the rows and columns that contain the information that you want to import.
  2. On the Insert menu, point to Name, and then click Define.
  3. In the Names In Workbook box, type a name (the name may not contain spaces nor should it be the same as one of the column header names) for the range that you specified, and then click Add.
  4. Click OK, and on the File menu, click Save.
  5. Save and quit the workbook.


Outlook uses the Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) method when importing information. When you import a file from Microsoft Excel, ODBC requires that the information be contained within a named range in the Microsoft Excel file. Using the range naming procedure above, the range name may default to a field name in the selected range. This name should be changed to a non-column header name.

An alternative method is to save the information from Excel using the comma separated value (CSV) format and then import the CSV file into Outlook. This method does not require using name ranges in Excel.


Article ID: 180315 - Last Review: January 4, 2000 - Revision: 1.0
  • Microsoft Outlook 98 Standard Edition
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