Connect to an Access database (Power Query)

Important   This article applies to Power Query, a data analysis feature available for Excel that lets you discover, combine and refine data. You may need to enable Power Query in Excel. You can also download and install the most recent version of Power Query for Excel, which automatically enables it. Power Query technology is also built into the Power BI Desktop, which is a stand-alone report authoring and data transformation tool for Power BI.

Note   Before you can use Power Query to connect to an Access database, you need the Microsoft Access Database Engine 2010 Redistributable on your computer.

  1. In the POWER QUERY ribbon tab, select From Database > From Access Database.

  2. In the Microsoft Access Database dialog box, browse for or type a file URL to import or link to a file.

  3. Click Apply.

Get External Data from a Database

Microsoft Access Database Engine (Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0 provider) is not registered error

While trying to import data from a legacy Excel file or an Access database in certain setups, you will encounter an error that the Microsoft Access Database Engine (Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0 provider) is not registered on the local machine. The error occurs on systems with only Office 2013 installed. To resolve this error, download the following resources to ensure that you can proceed with the data sources you are trying to access.

Note    To ensure that you have the full set of features, install the Microsoft Access Database Engine 2010 Redistributableand all service packs.

Applies To: Excel 2010, Excel 2013

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