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  • I working in Excel/Access 2013 and have a spreadsheet with links to Access tables and queries. I created the file in 2013 and then saved it to another computer with Excel/Access 2010. I had to adjust the connection to get to work but all was good. Then I decided to load Excel 2013 and subsequently opened the spreadsheet in 2013 but I'm not getting "Initialization of the Data Source Failed" message. When I go into the connection properties to re-map the connection, nothing happens. I go to Data > Connections > Select a Connection > Properties > Definition > Browse > Select the Database > Open > OK > then nothing happens. Usually at this point it prompts me to pick a table etc. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
    • Moved by Damon Zheng Monday, May 20, 2013 12:06 PM non-dev
    Saturday, May 18, 2013 4:31 AM

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  • Hello Ryan62,

    Thanks for your participation in this forum. Generally, Excel for Developers forum is for development issues about Excel. Sometimes community members are willing to answer non-developement question, but the more appropriate forum for usage question of Excel should be Microsoft Community:http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office

    Since we cannot move threads to that forum, please open a new one there. This thread will be moved to Off-topic. Your understanding will be greatly appreciated.

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    Damon Zheng
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    Monday, May 20, 2013 12:05 PM