Import (or link) Excel data into Access

  1. Name the range in Excel that stores your data. Consider using a dynamic-named range or the DynaTable to store your data.
  2. Start a blank Access database and go to the Tables 'tab' of the database.
  3. Click the New button and double-click Import Table.
    • You can also choose to Link Table if you want the data stored in Excel to be the authoritative source of data.
  4. The Wizard will step you through the process.
    • When you are asked to find the database—you may not even see it unless you choose the appropriate file type from the Files of type drop-down list.
    • Pay attention to each step and follow instructions carefully. The only potential trick is when you are asked to set a primary key. The default is that Access will create a primary key for you. If your data has a natural key, select it instead.
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