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Cell Reference parameters used in Excel SQL Queries


I am extracting data from an SQL database into Excel 2007 using MS Query.

I've used the following SQL code to prompt for the parameter:

casosdeuda.ConceptoDeuda LIKE (3) and
a.`TipoCaso` in (?,?) and
a.`TipoDeuda` in (?,?)"

Using Data/Connections/Properties/Definitions/Parameters, I am using "Get the value from the following cell" to plug in the parameter. This works perfectly until I save and close the file.

When the file is opened I need to link up the cell references again. How do i save the cell reference parameters so they don't have to be entered each time the file is opened??
Can anyone help?


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The solution you suggested works great.
I think it is called dynamic reference:
Set objoL = New Outlook.Application
Set objMail = objoL.CreateItem(olMailItem)
Now I have the same problem with power point.
I wish to open power point, create new presentation and add slides without using reference
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I am using the following code:
On Error Resume Next
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   If Err.Number <> 0 Then
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a User Form to dictate changes to a SQL query for returning records to
Excel from a database.

Good news I guess... It means more people are getting into using VBA & ADO
to talk to their databases.

Anyway, I thought I would post up an example of how you can use UserForm controls
to determine a SQL query to either return ALL records from a table or
via use of a checkbox and combobox, filter the records to return only a subset.

The attached example uses the Northwind database, as this comes as standard with
any Access installation. You may need to amend the path to your copy of Northwind.
To do this, edit the stCon variable at the top of the UserForm code module (shown below

Make sure you also have a reference set to Microsoft ActiveX Data Components v2.5 or later
in your VBE.

For those who cannot download files/attachments... the code is displayed below.

With thanks as always to my friend Dennis Wallentin, especially for teaching me about
Error Checking methods with ADO.

 '#                                                       #
 '# References need to be set in the VBE to the following #
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 '#                                                       #
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Const stCon    As String = "Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;" & _ 
"Data Source=C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOFFICE11SAMPLESNorthwind.mdb;" & _ 
"Persist Security Info=False" 
Private Sub cmdClose_Click() 
     'close the form
    Unload Me 
End Sub 
Private Sub chkYr_Click() 
     'This is where you can add a filter by the year
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    Dim cnt    As ADODB.Connection 
    Dim rst    As ADODB.Recordset 
    Dim vaData As Variant 
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        With Me 
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    Dim stSQL  As String 
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    Dim rst    As ADODB.Recordset 
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        stSQL = stSQL & stParam & stParam2 
    Else: stSQL = stSQL & stParam2 
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    On Error Goto ErrHandle 
    Set cnt = New ADODB.Connection 
    Set rst = New ADODB.Recordset 
    Set wbBook = ThisWorkbook 
    Set wsSheet = ThisWorkbook.Worksheets(1) 
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        .ConnectionString = stCon 
    End With 
    With rst 
        .CursorLocation = adUseClient 
        .Open stSQL, cnt, adOpenStatic, adLockReadOnly 
        .ActiveConnection = Nothing 'Here we disconnect the recordset.
        j = .Fields.Count 
        i = .RecordCount 
    End With 
    With wsSheet 
        If i = 0 Then Goto i_Err 
         'Write the fieldnames to the fifth row in the worksheet
        For x = 0 To j - 1 
            .Cells(5, x + 1).Value = rst.Fields(x).Name 
        Next x 
         'Dump the data to the worksheet.
        .Cells(6, 1).CopyFromRecordset rst 
    End With 
    If CBool(rst.State And adStateOpen) = True Then rst.Close 
    Set rst = Nothing 
    If CBool(cnt.State And adStateOpen) = True Then cnt.Close 
    Set cnt = Nothing 
    Exit Sub 
    Dim cnErrors As ADODB.Errors 
    Dim ErrorItem As ADODB.Error 
    Dim stError As String 
    Set cnErrors = cnt.Errors 
    With Err 
        stError = stError & vbCrLf & "VBA Error # : " & CStr(.Number) 
        stError = stError & vbCrLf & "Generated by : " & .Source 
        stError = stError & vbCrLf & "Description : " & .Description 
    End With 
    For Each ErrorItem In cnErrors 
        With ErrorItem 
            stError = stError & vbCrLf & "ADO error # : " & CStr(.Number) 
            stError = stError & vbCrLf & "Description : " & .Description 
            stError = stError & vbCrLf & "Source : " & .Source 
            stError = stError & vbCrLf & "SQL State : " & .SqlState 
        End With 
    Next ErrorItem 
    MsgBox stError, vbCritical, "SystemError" 
    Resume ExitHere 
    MsgBox "There are no records for this Query" 
    Goto ExitHere 
End Sub 

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I wonder if you can help with this one.

I'm pulling some live call data into Excel from a CRM system using MS query - I'm getting the last three months call data using a criteria ([TodaysDate]-90 in the created on field) but I was wondering how you used an excel value as a parameter.

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Hi People

I have the following requirement. I have searched the forum and a few posts came close but I still could not find what I need.

I am not a programmer and my knowledge of macros goes about as far as recording them and linking them to a button.

I have created a sheet in Excel 2007.
In cell A1 I have a list of 3 server names. (Call tem server01/02/03)
In cell A2 I have a list of 7 databases. (Call them db01/02…07)

The report have a refresh button the user can click to refresh the data. (Calling the refresh all macro)

The names are user friendly names. In other words, AdminData would point to server svrmain and SalesData to svrdata01 (Get the idée?)
The same with the database.
The user would choose Sydney that point to database syddata and when choosing Adelaide it would point to addata etc

The actual selection in the server could be from a table(s) and/or view(s) and/or stored procedure(s) but it would stay constant per report.

So what we have so far is a user opening a specific report (of many) that is linked to , let’s say a table called table01. Depending on what the user enter in Cell A1 and A2 the user control from what server and database the contents of Table01 is returned from. If opening another report that report would be lined to a diff table or view etc)
(I use the word linked but the meaning is the table that would supply the data for the report.)

Second important thing (I think) is that we are looking at different SQL servers 2000, 2005, 2008.
At the moment I have an ODBC link setup for every server and every database depending on the native drivers I use.
I use the following naming convention for the ODBC names <servername>_<native client><database>
Server01_00datbase01..07 Sql2000 Using Native SQL drivers for it with the 7 databases
Server02_05datbase01..07 Sql2005 Using Native SQL drivers 9 for it with the 7 databases
Server03_10datbase01..07 Sql2008 Using Native SQL drivers 10 for it with the 7 databases

All the servers use the same username and password to access the data

So currently looking at any 21 of the same reports (3 servers x 7 databases) the only difference is the connection string

What I was thinking of doing but have no idée how to do it was the following:

Based on what the user enter in A1 and A2 to dynamically change the connection string so that Excel point to the correct ODBC and/or update the connect string as required per the A1 A2 entry.

Obviously if there is better ways to do feel free to advise.

The part that have to stay constant is the user entering the server and database to be used and the user must have the control to decide when a refresh should happen
(Other parameters is passed but that is used in the select and does not form part of the source pointing)

I have tried to give as much info as I could. If something is short, please feel free to ask.

Please not the macro's must be 2007 compatable


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