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    Welcome to our comprehensive guide on exporting your Access database to CSV filesā€”a valuable process for transferring data into Neon CRM or loading it into a spreadsheet for analysis. The simplicity and universal compatibility of CSV files make them an essential tool for data manipulation, backup, and reporting. On this page, we'll explore what an Access database is, detail the step-by-step method to export your data to a CSV file, discuss various use cases for these exports, introduce an alternative method using Sourcetable for those seeking efficient bulk conversions, and provide a helpful Q&A section to address common inquiries about the export process.

    What is Access Database?

    An Access database is a software tool designed for creating business applications. It allows users to create applications either from predefined templates or from scratch, utilizing its robust design tools. Access is known for its ability to automate business processes with the use of Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), enhancing the efficiency of business workflows.

    The software facilitates the integration with multiple data sources and can connect with various line-of-business apps, thanks to the Access connector library. With its capabilities to generate aggregated visuals and insights, Access serves as a comprehensive platform for managing and analyzing data. It is also capable of storing data in advanced database systems such as SQL Server and Microsoft Azure SQL.

    As a type of service, Access supports the collection, organization, editing, and sharing of data. It can handle complex data sets across tables and prevent redundancies and inconsistencies. The latest version of Access as part of Microsoft 365 subscriptions is Access 2021, which is compatible with Windows 11 and is available as a one-time purchase as well. Notably, Access is only available on PC, which underscores its specificity in the software ecosystem.

    Exporting an Access Database to a CSV File

    Manual Export to CSV via Excel

    To import data into Neon CRM, it must be in the .csv file format. Since Access data cannot be imported as a single .accdb file, each table must first be exported as a separate .xls file. This is the first step in preparing your data for Neon CRM. After exporting each table from Access into individual .xls files, open each one in Excel. Once open, you will need to save each .xls file as a .csv file. This conversion is necessary because Neon CRM only accepts .csv files. Remember to repeat this process for each table you have in your Access database.

    Automated Export Using VBA

    An alternative to the manual method is using a VBA routine to export all tables from an Access database to separate CSV files. This routine utilizes the DoCmd.TransferText function. While the Export Specification parameter of DoCmd.TransferText is optional, the provided example exports tables without specifying an Export Specification. This method can be more efficient than manually saving each table, especially if you have a large number of tables to export.

    Exporting to CSV Using XML

    Exporting tables to CSV files can also be done using XML, though this method is not as straightforward due to the requirement of clicking through numerous popups (approximately 3 x 200). This method may not be the most convenient due to the sheer volume of popups that must be navigated. Therefore, it may be less preferred compared to the manual method or the automated VBA routine.

    It is always recommended to consult the documentation for your specific database to ensure the most accurate and efficient method of exporting your data for use in Neon CRM.

    Sourcetable Integration

    Seamless Access Database Integration with Sourcetable

    Say goodbye to the cumbersome process of exporting your Access database to a CSV file before importing it into another spreadsheet application. Sourcetable streamlines this process by allowing you to sync your live data directly from Access into its intuitive spreadsheet interface. Eliminate the extra steps and potential for errors that come with manual data export and import cycles.

    With Sourcetable, you can easily pull in data from various apps or databases, including Microsoft Access, without ever leaving the spreadsheet environment. This seamless integration not only saves time but also ensures that your data is always up-to-date. Sourcetable's capabilities are perfect for automation and enhancing business intelligence, offering you a sophisticated yet familiar way to query and analyze your data efficiently.

    Common Use Cases

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      Migrating data from Microsoft Access to Neon CRM
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      Facilitating data analysis in software that requires .csv format
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      Backing up Access tables in a more universally accessible format
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      Preparing data for bulk updates or import into other CRM systems

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I import an Access database (.accdb) directly into Neon CRM?

    No, Access data cannot be imported as a single .accdb file into Neon CRM. It requires that all data imported is in .csv file format.

    What is the process for exporting tables from an Access database to Neon CRM?

    Export each of your data tables from Access into .xls files, save each .xls file into .csv format using Microsoft Excel, and then import each .csv file into Neon CRM.

    Do I need to export each table in my Access database individually for Neon CRM?

    Yes, each table in the Access database should be exported as a separate .xls file, and then each .xls file should be converted to .csv files for importing into Neon CRM.

    Can I use VBScript to export my Access database to a CSV file?

    The provided code snippet shows how to export an Access database to a text file using VBScript by appending text from a query to a text file in UTF-8 format, but for Neon CRM, the text file must be converted to .csv format.

    Is it necessary for me to convert the Access database to .csv files myself for Neon CRM?

    While you can convert the Access database to .csv files yourself, you may also consider having Neon CRM professionals import your Access data instead.


    To successfully import your data into Neon CRM, it's essential to adhere to the required format. Begin by exporting each table from your Access database into its own .xls file. Following this, convert these files into the .csv format, which is compatible with Neon CRM, allowing for a seamless data import process. Instead of navigating through this multi-step procedure, consider using Sourcetable to directly import your data into a spreadsheet, simplifying the workflow. Sign up for Sourcetable today to streamline your data management and get started easily.

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