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Use the CData ODBC Driver for Microsoft Project in Microsoft Power Query

You can use the CData Microsoft Project ODBC Driver with Microsoft Power Query. In this article, you will use the ODBC driver to import Microsoft Project data into Microsoft Power Query.

The CData ODBC Driver for Microsoft Project enables you to link to Microsoft Project data in Microsoft Power Query, ensuring that you see any updates. This article details how to use the ODBC driver to import Microsoft Project data into Microsoft Power Query.

Connect to Microsoft Project 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.

The User and Password properties, under the Authentication section, must be set to valid Microsoft Project user credentials. In addition, you will need to specify a URL to a valid Microsoft Project server organization root or Microsoft Project services file.

Import Microsoft Project Data

Follow the steps below to import Microsoft Project data using standard SQL:

  1. From the ribbon in Excel, click Power Query -> From Other Data Sources -> From ODBC.

  2. Enter the ODBC connection string. Below is a connection string using the default DSN created when you install the driver: Provider=MSDASQL.1;Persist Security Info=False;DSN=CData MicrosoftProject Source
  3. Enter the SELECT statement to import data with. For example:

    SELECT ProjectName, ProjectActualCost FROM Projects
  4. Enter credentials, if required, and click Connect. The results of the query are displayed in the Query Editor Preview. You can combine queries from other data sources or refine the data with Power Query formulas. To load the query to the worksheet, click the Close and Load button.