Ways of Opening Microsoft Excel 2007+ Workbooks (.xlsx, .xlsb, .xlsm)

1. Opening by specifying file name (interface: ADO). Select 'File' option and then browse for the needed file.

2. Opening through connection string (interface: ADO). Select 'Connection string' option and write a connection string. This way is the most flexible one because it allows to specify many additional parameters in the connection string and override standard Database Tour connection behaviour. But it is recommended basically for advanced users. Here are basic connection strings (more examples and details can be found in the Internet):

Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0;Data Source=C:\MyData\myExcel2007file.xlsx;Extended Properties="Excel 12.0;HDR=YES";   (Microsoft ACE must be installed; use it for Excel 2007 files)

Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0;Data Source=C:\MyData\myExcel2010file.xlsx;Extended Properties="Excel 14.0;HDR=NO";   (Microsoft ACE must be installed; use it for Excel 2010 files)

Driver={Microsoft Excel Driver (*.xls, *.xlsx, *.xlsm, *.xlsb)};DBQ=C:\MyData\MyExcelFile.xlsx;   (Microsoft Excel 2007 ODBC Driver must be installed)

Usually, if Microsoft Office 2007+ installed, Microsoft ACE installed too.

See also

 Examples of ADO Connection Strings