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Transfer Data from Excel to Facebook

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

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

Most tables require user authentication as well as application authentication. Facebook uses the OAuth authentication standard. To authenticate to Facebook, you can use the embedded OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL or you can obtain your own by registering an app with Facebook.

See the Getting Started chapter of the help documentation for a guide to using OAuth.

Retrieve Data from Facebook

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

  1. Click the From Facebook button on the CData ribbon. The Data Selection wizard is displayed.
  2. In the Table or View menu, select the Posts 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 Facebook

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, =MyPostsSheetInExcel!A1.
  2. After using a formula to reference the cells you want to add to Facebook, 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 Posts 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.