Excel VBA - pivot tables videos | Excel VBA Part 51.2 - Pivot Tables using an Access Database

Posted by Andrew Gould on 15 December 2016

This video explains how to create a pivot table based on an Access database. You'll learn how to create connections to external data sources, how to edit connection strings and how to create a pivot cache using the external connection. The video also shows you how to create queries in Microsoft Access, along with how to write basic SQL statements in your VBA code to create flexible queries that you can use to create pivot tables.

This video has the following accompanying files:

File name Type Description
Movies.accdb Access database (new format)
Movies.xlsm Excel workbook with macros

Click to download a zipped copy of the above files.

There are no exercises for this video.

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