VBA - working with data videos | Excel VBA - How do I get data from a CSV file using ActiveX Data Objects

Posted by Andrew Gould on 28 April 2021

Learn how to extract the contents of a CSV file into an Excel workbook without opening the CSV file. You'll learn how to use ActiveX Data Objects connections and recordsets to connect to a closed file and how to write basic SQL queries to return the information from the file.

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This video has the following accompanying files:

File name Type Description
ADODB Get Data from CSV Files.xlsm Excel workbook with macros
Movies 2011.csv CSV file
Movies 2012.csv CSV file
Movies 2013.csv CSV file
Movies 2014.csv CSV file
Movies 2015.csv CSV file
Movies 2016.csv CSV file

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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.


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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.


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Video quality

Click on Quality as shown to bring up the submenu.


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Connection speed

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