VBA - working with data videos | Excel VBA Part 58.3 - SQL for Excel Files - Selecting the Top N Rows

Posted by Andrew Gould on 16 May 2021

Learn how to select the top rows from an Excel table an SQL query. You'll learn how to select a specific number of rows from the top of a list and how to use the Order By clause to influence which rows appear at the top. You'll see how to deal with tied rows by including a tie-breaker field and how to select a percentage of the rows from a table.

This video has the following accompanying files:

File name Type Description
Selecting Top N Rows.xlsm Excel workbook with macros The query code
Movies.xlsx Excel workbook The source data

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

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