Connect to a Microsoft Access Database

SQL Server 2012

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This page of the Table Import Wizard enables you to specify settings to connect to a Microsoft Access database. To access the wizard from the PowerPivot window, on the Home tab, in the Get External Data group, click the type of data source from which you want to import tables.

To connect to a data source, you must have the appropriate provider installed on your computer. For more information about supported data sources and providers, see Data Sources Supported in PowerPivot Workbooks.

Friendly connection name

Type a unique name for this data source connection. This is a required field.

Database name

Specify the full path for a Microsoft Access database file.


Navigate to a location where a Microsoft Access database file is available.

User name

Specify a user name for the database connection.


Specify a password for the database connection.

Save my password

Specify whether the password you have entered in the Password box is stored.


Set additional connection properties by using the Set Advanced Properties dialog box. For more information, see Set Advanced Properties.

Test Connection

Attempt to establish a connection to the data source using the current settings. A message is displayed indicating whether the connection is successful.