Integrating Excel and Access: Combining Applications to Solve Business Problems

Integrating Excel and Access: Combining Applications to Solve Business Problems

by Michael Schmalz
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Integrating Excel and Access: Combining Applications to Solve Business Problems by Michael Schmalz

In a corporate setting, the Microsoft Office Suite is an invaluable set of applications. One of Offices' biggest advantages is that its applications can work together to share information, produce reports, and so on. The problem is, there isn't much documentation on their cross-usage. Until now.

Introducing Integrating Excel and Access, the unique reference that shows you how to combine the strengths of Microsoft Excel with those of Microsoft Access. In particular, the book explains how the powerful analysis tools of Excel can work in concert with the structured storage and more powerful querying of Access. The results that these two applications can produce together are virtually impossible to achieve with one program separately.

But the book isn't just limited to Excel and Access. There's also a chapter on SQL Server, as well as one dedicated to integrating with other Microsoft Office applications. In no time, you'll discover how to:

  • Utilize the built in features of Access and Excel to access data
  • Use VBA within Access or Excel to access data
  • Build connection strings using ADO and DAO
  • Automate Excel reports including formatting, functions, and page setup
  • Write complex functions and queries with VBA
  • Write simple and advanced queries with the Access GUI
  • Produce pivot tables and charts with your data

With Integrating Excel and Access, you can crunch and visualize data like never before. It's the ideal guide for anyone who uses Microsoft Office to handle data.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780596553319
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/01/2005
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 236
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Michael Schmalz works in financial services and performs business and technology consulting in a variety of industries. He has done technical editing for O'Reilly on several Microsoft Office books and authored "Integrating Excel and Access" and "C# Database Basics". Michael has a degree in Finance from Penn State. He lives with his wife and children in Pennsylvania.

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Do you use Microsoft Office to handle data? If you do, then this book is for you! Author Michael Schmalz, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that will show you how Access and Excel can work together to improve your reporting and data analysis. Schmalz, begins by introducing the general topics in the book and explains some of the thought process that goes into integrating the applications. Then, the author covers the tasks that you can complete using only the Excel GUI, as well as discussing some VBA topics. He continues by covering the use of ADO and DAO along with VBA to pull data into Excel. Next, the author covers the use of Excel data in Access and exporting Access data into Excel from features in the Access GUI. Then, he covers controlling Excel from Access and pushing data into Excel. He also covers building charts and pivot tables in Excel using data that originates in Access. Next, the author covers using SQL Serer Data, as well as using DTS and ActiveX scripts to automate Office applications from SQL Server. Then, he covers using VBA from Access to automate reporting in Excel. The author continues by covering data integration and automation from Access and/or Excel in Word, PowerPoint, and MapPoint. He then covers how to build forms in Excel similar to those in Access. The author also covers some basic topics to help you build a functional GUI in Access. Finally, the author covers a project, complete with source code, that requires integration of Access and Excel. In this excellent book is organized to build on topics in a logical sequence. After practicing the skills this book illustrates, you will have the necessary knowledge to tackle some of your most demanding reporting issues.