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Importing 340 columns into Access 2010. "How?"

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I receive a "Data Dump" that comes to me in a csv file.

Once I open and save it in excel there are about 18000records.

The header row has 340 columns.

This will be a weekly process, I'd like to automate
Needing to import the excel table into access.


Does anyone have code that will reach out from access to my excel file and import just certain columns maybe with a TransferSpreads heet? (Not sure how to do this)

Is there a way I can save my csv or excel file as a ODBC, then do a pass-through query to retrieve the columns I need. (Not sure how to do this)

You're thoughts please.

Thanks again everyoneI also this time attached a like to a blank database and the csv file I'm trying to load. Thanks again for your help
Dec 6 '11
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Dave Smith
72 New Member
Thanks Pat, I'll try changed the field1 name
Dec 13 '11 #11
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Do you understand the code you are using?

Each statement (e.g. that for Field1) represents copying a single cell from a row (called lngRow) into your table. As you are going to have 340 columns you will need 340 such statements! (hence the 'etc., etc, at Line 40) Instead of "Field2" at Line 41 it should be "Field300" to be consistant.

We have already confirmed that you cannot have more than 255 columns in an Access table, so unless you are selectively importing certain columns, this code will not do your job.

It will also be incredibly slow. Unless you only want to import something like every alternate column, instead of blocks of columns, the I would recomend the 'Block' approach used in the sample database I sent last time.
Dec 13 '11 #12
931 Recognized Expert Contributor
Yes, what sierra is saying is 100% true, a point that escaped me when I saw the "etc. etc." comment line.

I have to say that either utilizing TransferSpreads heet( ), as I mentioned earlier in the thread, or setting up an import specification as Smiley noted, would be the way for you to go. The third-party code that you have here is clunky and will not perform well.
Dec 13 '11 #13
Dave Smith
72 New Member
I'v never done a TransferSpreads heet( ) before, Do you know of a sight that would give me detailed instructions
Dec 13 '11 #14
931 Recognized Expert Contributor
It's a fairly straightforward function call. For instance, to import a spreadsheet called "test.xlsx" located in your My Documents folder into a table "tblTest" you'd do:

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  1. DoCmd.TransferSpreadsheet(acImport, , "tblTest", "C:\My Documents\test.xlsx", True)

You can look at the Access help page on it for more information, and look at exactly what all the options for the arguments are.
Dec 13 '11 #15
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If you has bothered to down load it all would be easy to follow.

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Registering to keep an eye on matters here.

You need to consider carefully how you deal with people. People put in a lot of effort to help you and, surprisingly enough, expect a certain minimum of effort on your part in return. That would include responding to each post and at least checking everything that is posted for your assistance. I make no judgements at this stage, but I felt it important you should at least understand the situation.
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