PowerPivot videos | Linking to and importing from other data sources

Posted by Andy Brown on 02 June 2015

This tutorial shows how to link to Excel tables, import from Excel workbooks, paste data in from Word tables, import from Access databases and how to import from SQL Server Analysis Services cubes.

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This video has the following accompanying files:

File name Type Description
Geography.accdb Access database (new format)
Regions.docx Word document
Stores.xlsx Excel workbook
Towns.xlsx Excel workbook
Transactions.xlsx Excel workbook

Click to download a zipped copy of the above files.

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View full screen

Play your video (the icons shown won't appear until you do), then click on the full screen icon which appears as shown at its bottom right-hand corner.


When you've finished viewing a video in full screen mode, just press the Esc key to return to normal view.

Improving the quality of a video

To improve the quality of a video, first click on the Settings icon:

Settings icon

Make sure you're playing your video so that the icons shown appear, then click on this gear icon at the bottom right-hand corner.


Choose to change the video quality:

Video quality

Click on Quality as shown to bring up the submenu.


The higher the number you choose, the better will be your video quality (but the slower the connection speed):

Connection speed

Don't choose the HD option unless you have a fast enough connection speed to support it!


Is your Wise Owl speaking too slowly (or too quickly)?  You can also use the Settings menu above to change your playback speed.

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