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The Office 365 Excel Add-In is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live data from Office 365, directly from Microsoft Excel. Use Excel to read, write, and update Outlook Mail, Contact, Calendar, Files, etc. Perfect for mass imports / exports / updates, data cleansing & de-duplication, Excel based data analysis, and more!

How to update Office 365 from Excel

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

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

Office 365 uses the OAuth authentication standard. To authenticate requests, you will need to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and OAuthCallbackURL by registering an app with Office 365. See the "Getting Started" chapter of the help documentation for a guide to using OAuth.

Retrieve Data from Office 365

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

  1. Click the From Office 365 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 Office 365

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 Office 365, 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.