VBA - working with data videos | How do I pass Japanese text to a stored procedure parameter in VBA?

Posted by Andrew Gould on 03 April 2021

Learn how to pass Japanese characters from an Excel worksheet into a SQL Server stored procedure using the ADODB library in VBA. You'll learn the basics of character encoding systems, how to use the varchar and nvarchar data types in SQL Server, how to execute stored procedures from VBA and how to use the merge statement in SQL. As a bonus, you'll also learn how to write the characters for dogs, cats, puppies and kittens in Japanese!

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This video has the following accompanying files:

File name Type Description
Japanese Text in Stored Procedures.xlsm Excel workbook with macros
KanaKanjiANSI.txt Text file
KanaKanjiUTF8.txt Text file
References for Further Reading.txt Text file
Stored Proc Japanese Text in Stored Procedures.sql SQL query
Test Code Japanese Text in Stored Procedures.sql SQL query

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Making a  video bigger

You can increase the size of your video to make it fill the screen like this:

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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