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Transfer Data from Excel to OFX

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

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

The OFXUser and OFXPassword properties, under the Authentication section, must be set to valid OFX user credentials. In addition to this, you will need to configure FIURL, FIOrganizationName, and FIID, which will be specific for the financial institution. You will also need to provide application-specific settings, including OFXVersion, ApplicationVersion, and ApplicationId.

To connect to some services, you will need to provide additional account information such as AccountId, AccountType, BankId, BrokerId, and CCNumber.

Retrieve Data from OFX

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

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

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, =MyInvBalancesSheetInExcel!A1.
  2. After using a formula to reference the cells you want to add to OFX, 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 InvBalances 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.