Excel Integration

Integrate Sharepoint with Excel

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    Integrating SharePoint with Excel streamlines data management and enhances collaboration across diverse systems, making it a crucial step for organizations seeking to optimize their workflows. This integration not only simplifies the process through its ease of setup but also enriches the SharePoint experience by ensuring that Excel data remains current and reflective of any changes. Furthermore, it introduces a secure and robust methodology for handling data from various external systems within SharePoint's versatile environment.

    On this page, we'll delve into the significance of integrating SharePoint with Excel, detailing the components necessary for setup, the straightforward process of integration, and an array of practical use cases. Additionally, we'll provide guidance for troubleshooting your SharePoint integration with Excel and offer a comprehensive Q&A section to address common inquiries related to this powerful combination.

    Integrating SharePoint with Excel

    Integrating SharePoint with Excel can be accomplished through a variety of methods, each suited to different needs and scenarios. Whether you are looking to display Excel workbooks in a browser window using SharePoint or link a SharePoint list to an Excel workbook for dynamic data updates, understanding the integration process is key to maximizing efficiency and collaboration.

    Displaying Excel Workbooks in SharePoint

    To have Excel workbooks displayed within SharePoint, Excel Services must be used. SharePoint leverages Excel Services to showcase workbooks directly in a browser window, ensuring that users can view and interact with Excel content without needing the application installed on their device. However, it's important to note that Excel Services only supports data connections that are compatible with it, and it must be properly configured to support data models.

    Linking SharePoint Lists to Excel

    The process of linking a SharePoint list to an Excel workbook begins by opening Excel and navigating to the \"Data\" tab. From there, users will click on the \"From Other Sources\" dropdown and select the appropriate option to connect to a SharePoint list. The URL of the SharePoint site is then entered, and the specific list to be linked is selected. This process requires additional steps like preparing the SharePoint site, installing necessary add-ins, and configuring permissions to ensure a seamless integration.

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    Integrating SharePoint with Sourcetable

    Integrating SharePoint with Sourcetable offers a transformative approach to managing and analyzing data within an organization. Unlike static Excel spreadsheets, Sourcetable provides a dynamic and automated solution for data synchronization from a wide array of applications and databases. This integration empowers teams to effortlessly collate live data, ensuring that the most current information is always at their fingertips.

    The use of Sourcetable over Excel significantly enhances automation capabilities within SharePoint. Sourcetable's ability to automatically pull data from multiple sources eliminates the manual task of data entry and consolidation, reducing the likelihood of human error and freeing up valuable time for more strategic activities. This level of automation streamlines workflows and improves overall efficiency within the organization.

    Moreover, Sourcetable’s familiar spreadsheet interface allows for a seamless transition for users accustomed to traditional spreadsheet tools, while providing advanced capabilities for querying and analyzing data. As a platform geared towards business intelligence, Sourcetable facilitates better decision-making by offering comprehensive insights through real-time data analysis. This integration not only simplifies data management but also enhances the analytical power of SharePoint, driving more informed business strategies.

    Common Use Cases

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      Using SharePoint lists within Excel for enhanced data management and collaboration
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      Setting up data integration with external systems that can export to Excel without needing a data provider
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      Storing settings and log information in a SharePoint list for easy reporting and notification management
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      Managing workflows and receiving notifications when Excel data changes through SharePoint lists
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      Taking external data offline with Outlook for access without an internet connection

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can Excel for the web be used with SharePoint Server 2013?

    Yes, Excel for the web can be used with SharePoint Server 2013 (on premises).

    Are all external data sources supported in Excel Services for SharePoint?

    Not all external data sources that can be used in Excel are supported in Excel Services. Excel Services supports SQL Server tables, SQL Server Analysis Services cubes, OLE DB or ODBC data sources, and data models created in Excel.

    What is the difference between Excel Services and Excel Web App in terms of data source support?

    Excel Services and Excel Web App may have different data source support. SharePoint administrators choose whether to use Excel Services or Excel Web App to render a workbook, and Excel Web App has limitations such as only being able to edit workbooks in a browser window if using an anonymous connection, an OLE DB or ODBC data connection, or if the connection string contains a user name and password.

    How can external systems be integrated with SharePoint Online?

    The Microsoft Graph API can be used to integrate other systems with SharePoint Online, and there are many APIs provided by SharePoint Online, such as CSOM, JSOM, REST, as well as libraries like PnPJS and SPPlus that can operate data in SharePoint Online.

    What is a best practice for co-authoring Excel spreadsheets in SharePoint?

    A best practice for co-authoring Excel spreadsheets is by having all users open the spreadsheet in the Excel web app.


    In conclusion, integrating SharePoint with Excel offers a multitude of benefits, including streamlined workflows, the elimination of manual data entry, access to SharePoint data within Excel, the application of Excel's advanced data analysis tools, real-time synchronization of data changes, automated data updates, and seamless document collaboration. These integrations are designed to enhance productivity and efficiency within any organization. However, if you're looking for an even more sophisticated solution that bypasses the need for integration, consider using Sourcetable. Sign up for Sourcetable today to get started on optimizing your data management and analysis.

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