Transfer Data from Excel to Box

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The Box Excel Add-In is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live Box cloud storage data, directly from Microsoft Excel.

Use Excel to read, write, and update Box Files, Folders, Tasks, Groups, etc. Perfect for mass imports / exports / updates, data cleansing & de-duplication, Excel based data analysis, and more!

This article explains how to transfer data from Excel to Box using the Excel Add-In for Box.

The CData Excel Add-In for Box enables you to edit and save Box data directly from Excel. This article explains how to transfer data from Excel to Box. This technique is useful if you want to work on Box data in Excel and update changes, or if you have a whole spreadsheet you want to import into Box. In this example, you will use the Files table; however, the same process will work for any table that can be retrieved by the CData Excel Add-In.

Establish a Connection

If you have not already done so, create a new Box connection by clicking From Box on the ribbon.

Box uses the OAuth standard to authenticate. To authenticate to Box, you will need to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL by registering an app. See the "Getting Started" chapter of the help documentation for a guide to using OAuth.

Retrieve Data from Box

To insert data into Box, you will first need to retrieve data from the Box table you want to add to. This links the Excel spreadsheet to the Box table selected: After you retrieve data, any changes you make to the data are highlighted in red.

  1. Click the From Box button on the CData ribbon. The Data Selection wizard is displayed.
  2. In the Table or View menu, select the Files table.
  3. In the Maximum Rows menu, select the number of rows you want to retrieve. If you want to insert rows, you need to retrieve only one row. The Query box will then display the SQL query that corresponds to your request.
  4. In the Sheet Name box, enter the name for the sheet that will be populated. By default the add-in will create a new sheet with the name of the table.

Insert Rows to Box

After retrieving data, you can add data from an existing spreadsheet in Excel.

  1. In a cell after the last row, enter a formula referencing the corresponding cell from the other spreadsheet; for example, =MyFilesSheetInExcel!A1.
  2. After using a formula to reference the cells you want to add to Box, select the cells that you are inserting data into and drag the formula down as far as needed. The referenced values you want to add will be displayed on the Files sheet.
  3. Highlight the rows you want to insert and click the Update Rows button.

As each row is inserted, the Id value will appear in the Id column and the row's text will change to black, indicating that the record has been inserted.