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  • What is the equivalent to VLOOKUP in SQL?

    Sep 11th, 2021

    In this article, we’re going to show you how to perform the equivalent of Excel’s VLOOKUP in SQL.  This is the second of our articles aimed at teaching Excel users the basics of SQL. In our previous article “Introduction to SQL for Excel Users”, we introduced the JOIN statement, and here we’re going to expand …

  • Introduction to SQL for Excel Users

    Aug 27th, 2021

    This is the first of several articles on SQL for Excel users.  The aim is to show you why it’s so useful for Excel users to be familiar with SQL and to introduce some basic concepts and queries. Why is it important to learn SQL? In a previous article, SQL and Excel: Why you need …

  • How to Export Data from SQL Server to Excel

    Aug 26th, 2021

    In a previous article, SQL and Excel: Why you need both, we showed that for many businesses the use of both SQL Server and Excel is an optimum approach to data management.  For organizations that use SQL Server and Excel extensively, there is often a need to export data from SQL Server to Excel.  The …

  • SQL Server Import and Export Wizard Guide

    Jul 20th, 2021

    What is the SQL Server Import and Export Wizard? SQL Server Import and Export Wizard is a simple way to copy data from a source to a destination.  It is most commonly used to get data into or out of a SQL Server database, but it caters to several scenarios. Although like most Microsoft wizards …

  • Connect Excel to SQL Server: 3 Easy Steps

    Jun 29th, 2021

    In a previous article, we spoke about why you need both Excel and SQL in your data management solutions, but how do you connect Excel to SQL Server?  In this article, we’re going to show you the steps and highlight a key benefit of using an Excel add-in like SQL Spreads. But, first, we’re going …

  • SQL Spreads release 6.0.30

    Jun 17th, 2021

    SQL Spreads 6.0.30 is now available for download. This new release introduce a new feature to use the Tree filter selection as the key column when inserting new rows into a table. Added a new Parameter selection dialog to easily insert Tree Filter and Cell parameters. Added the possibility to remove key columns that are …

  • SQL and Excel: Why you need both

    Jun 17th, 2021

    Introduction SQL vs. Excel: which is better?  As you can see from the title of this article, it’s not the case that you should choose one over the other; you actually need SQL and Excel. Excel is a really great application.  There are not many applications that are used by such a wide variety of …

  • How to use XLOOKUP: Guide and Examples

    May 27th, 2021

    Introduction If you’ve been using Excel for a while, you’ll undoubtedly have used one of its most useful functions – VLOOKUP.  This lookup function is invaluable when manipulating data or preparing reports in Excel.  If you’re already familiar with VLOOKUP, then you’ll love the new XLOOKUP function that Microsoft released last year.  It overcomes some …

  • CSV to SQL: How to Convert, Open & Import

    May 12th, 2021

    Introduction Comma Separated Values (CSV) files are commonly used to exchange data from one system or application to another.  The simple format of the csv file makes them ideal for exporting data from one place and importing it to another.  A common use case, for example, is to export the data from an accounting or …

  • SQL Spreads release 6.0.17

    Mar 30th, 2021

    SQL Spreads 6.0.17 is now available for download. SQL Spreads 6.0 introduces the new Lookup feature to easily lookup key values from a related table or a list of fixed key-text pairs. A drop-down list in Excel allows the user to select a text item, while the corresponding key will be written to the database. …

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