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Transfer Data from Excel to Dynamics 365 Sales

This article explains how to transfer data from Excel to Dynamics 365 Sales using the Excel Add-In for Dynamics 365 Sales.

The CData Excel Add-In for Dynamics 365 Sales enables you to edit and save Dynamics 365 Sales data directly from Excel. This article explains how to transfer data from Excel to Dynamics 365 Sales. This technique is useful if you want to work on Dynamics 365 Sales data in Excel and update changes, or if you have a whole spreadsheet you want to import into Dynamics 365 Sales. In this example, you will use the Accounts 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 Dynamics 365 Sales connection by clicking From Dynamics 365 Sales on the ribbon.

Dynamics 365 uses the OAuth authentication standard. See the Getting Started section in the help documentation for a guide to completing the process.

Retrieve Data from Dynamics 365 Sales

To insert data into Dynamics 365 Sales, you will first need to retrieve data from the Dynamics 365 Sales table you want to add to. This links the Excel spreadsheet to the Dynamics 365 Sales table selected: After you retrieve data, any changes you make to the data are highlighted in red.

  1. Click the From Dynamics 365 Sales button on the CData ribbon. The Data Selection wizard is displayed.
  2. In the Table or View menu, select the Accounts 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 Dynamics 365 Sales

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, =MyAccountsSheetInExcel!A1.
  2. After using a formula to reference the cells you want to add to Dynamics 365 Sales, 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 Accounts sheet.
  3. Highlight the rows you want to insert and click the Insert 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.