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Initializing the Microsoft Excel driver
Initializing the Microsoft Excel driver
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Initializing the Microsoft Excel driver

Applies to: Excel 2016 | Access 2016 | Access 2013 | Office 2013 | Excel 2013 | Office for business Access 2013 | Excel 2010 | Access 2010

When you install the Excel driver, the Setup program writes a set of default values to the Windows Registry in the Engines and ISAM Formats subkeys. You should not modify these settings directly; use the setup program for your application to add, remove, or change these settings. The following sections describe initialization and ISAM Format settings for the Microsoft Excel database driver.

Excel initialization settings

The Access Connectivity Engine\Engines\Excel folder includes initialization settings for the Aceexcl.dll driver, used for external access to Microsoft Excel worksheets. Typical settings for the entries in this folder are shown in the following example.

    win32=<path>\ Aceexcl.dll  
    
    TypeGuessRows=8 
    
    ImportMixedTypes=Text 
    
    AppendBlankRows=1 
    
    FirstRowHasNames=Yes

The Microsoft Access database engine uses the Excel folder entries as follows.

Entry

Description

win32

The location of msexcl40.dll. The full path is determined at the time of installation. Values are of type REG_SZ.

TypeGuessRows

The number of rows to be checked for the data type. The data type is determined given the maximum number of kinds of data found. If there is a tie, the data type is determined in the following order: Number, Currency, Date, Text, Boolean. If data is encountered that does not match the data type guessed for the column, it is returned as a Null value. On import, if a column has mixed data types, the entire column will be cast according to the ImportMixedTypes setting. The default number of rows to be checked is 8. Values are of type REG_DWORD.

ImportMixedTypes

Can be set to MajorityType or Text. If set to MajorityType, columns of mixed data types will be cast to the predominate data type on import. If set to Text, columns of mixed data types will be cast to Text on import. The default is Text. Values are of type REG_SZ.

AppendBlankRows

The number of blank rows to be appended to the end of a Version 3.5 or Version 4.0 worksheet before new data is added. For example, if AppendBlankRows is set to 4, Microsoft Jet will append 4 blank rows to the end of the worksheet before appending rows that contain data. Integer values for this setting can range from 0 to 16; the default is 01 (one additional row appended). Values are of type REG_DWORD.

FirstRowHasNames

A binary value that indicates whether the first row of the table contains column names. A value of 01 indicates that, during import, column names are taken from the first row. A value of 00 indicates no column names in the first row; column names appear as F1, F2, F3, and so on. The default is 01. Values are of type REG_BINARY.


The Access Connectivity Engine\Engines\Excel 8.0 folder contains the following entries, which apply to Microsoft Excel 97.

Entry name

Type

Value

Engine

REG_SZ

Excel

ExportFilter

REG_SZ

Microsoft Excel 97-2000 (*.xls)

CanLink

REG_BINARY

01

OneTablePerFile

REG_BINARY

00

IsamType

REG_DWORD

1

IndexDialog

REG_BINARY

00

CreateDBOnExport

REG_BINARY

01

ResultTextExport

REG_SZ

Export data from the current database into a Microsoft Excel 97 file. This process will overwrite the data if exported to an existing file.

SupportsLongNames

REG_BINARY

01

Using the TypeGuessRows setting for Excel Driver

When you use Microsoft Excel Driver, you can use the TypeGuessRows registry value to configure how many rows are to be checked for the data type. The TypeGuessRows value is located under the following registry subkey:

Office 2016

For an MSI installation of Office

  • For 32-bit Office on 32-bit Windows or 64-bit Office on 64-bit Windows:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Access Connectivity Engine\Engines\Excel

  • For 32-bit Office on 64-bit Windows:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Access Connectivity Engine\Engines\Excel

For a Click-to-Run installation of Office

  • For 32-bit Office on 32-bit Windows or 64-bit Office on 64-bit Windows:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\ClickToRun\REGISTRY\MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Access Connectivity Engine\Engines\Excel

  • For 32-bit Office on 64-bit Windows:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\ClickToRun\REGISTRY\MACHINE\Software\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Access Connectivity Engine\Engines\Excel

The default number of rows to be checked is 8 (eight). When you set the TypeGuessRows value to 0 (zero), Excel Driver checks the first 16,384 rows for the data type. If you want to check more than 16,384 rows, set TypeGuessRows to a value that is based on your desired range. To check all rows, set TypeGuessRows to 1,048,576 (the maximum number of rows that are allowed in Excel).

The data type is determined by the maximum number of kinds of data that is found. If there is a tie, the data type is determined in the following order:

  • Number
  • Currency
  • Date
  • Text
  • Boolean

If data is encountered that doesn’t match the guessed data type for the column, that data is returned as a Null value. During an import, if a column has mixed data types, the whole column is cast to the data type that’s set by the ImportMixedTypes setting.

Office 2013

For 32-bit Office on 32-bit Windows or 64-bit Office on 64-bit Windows:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Access Connectivity Engine\Engines\Excel

For 32-bit Office on 64-bit Windows:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Access Connectivity Engine\Engines\Excel

The default number of rows to be checked is 8 (eight). When you set the TypeGuessRows value to 0 (zero), Excel Driver checks the first 16,384 rows for the data type. If you want to check more than 16,384 rows, set TypeGuessRows to a value that is based on your desired range. To check all rows, set TypeGuessRows to 1,048,576 (the maximum number of rows that are allowed in Excel).

The data type is determined by the maximum number of kinds of data that is found. If there is a tie, the data type is determined in the following order:

  • Number
  • Currency
  • Date
  • Text
  • Boolean

If data is encountered that doesn’t match the guessed data type for the column, that data is returned as a Null value. During an import, if a column has mixed data types, the whole column is cast to the data type that’s set by the ImportMixedTypes setting.

Office 2010

For 32-bit Office on 32-bit Windows or 64-bit Office on 64-bit Windows:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Access Connectivity Engine\Engines\Excel

For 32-bit Office on 64-bit Windows:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Access Connectivity Engine\Engines\Excel

The default number of rows to be checked is 8 (eight). When you set the TypeGuessRows value to 0 (zero), Excel Driver checks the first 16,384 rows for the data type. If you want to check more than 16,384 rows, set TypeGuessRows to a value that is based on your desired range. To check all rows, set TypeGuessRows to 1,048,576 (the maximum number of rows that are allowed in Excel).

The data type is determined by the maximum number of kinds of data that is found. If there is a tie, the data type is determined in the following order:

  • Number
  • Currency
  • Date
  • Text
  • Boolean

If data is encountered that doesn’t match the guessed data type for the column, that data is returned as a Null value. During an import, if a column has mixed data types, the whole column is cast to the data type that’s set by the ImportMixedTypes setting.


[!NOTE] When you change Windows Registry settings, you must exit and then restart the database engine for the new settings to take effect.

See also

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