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Update Google Contacts Data with a Microsoft Access Linked Table

Update Google Contacts data by creating a linked table in Microsoft Access with the CData Google Contacts ODBC Driver.

CData ODBC drivers connect your data to any database management tool that supports Open Database Connectivity (ODBC). This includes many of the most popular productivity tools, adding new capabilities for document sharing and collaboration. Using the CData ODBC driver for Google Contacts, you can update live Google Contacts data in Microsoft Access; for example, you can make updates that can be immediately seen by other users.

Connect to Google Contacts as an ODBC Data Source

If you have not already, first specify connection properties in an ODBC DSN (data source name). This is the last step of the driver installation. You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure ODBC DSNs.

You can connect to Google APIs on behalf of individual users or on behalf of a domain. Google uses the OAuth authentication standard. See the "Getting Started" section of the help documentation for a guide.

Create a Linked Table to Friends Data

Follow the steps below to create a linked table, which enables you to access live Friends data.

  1. On the External Data tab in Access, click ODBC Database.
  2. Select the option to link to the data source. A linked table will enable you to read from and write data to the Friends table.
  3. Select the CData Google Contacts data source from the Machine Data Source tab.

  4. Select the Friends table. For more information on this table, see the "Data Model" chapter in the help documentation.
  5. Double-click the linked table to make edits. The linked table will always have up-to-date data and any changes will be reflected back to the underlying table.