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post Aug 9 2018, 11:49 AM

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I have VBA to import multiple Excel files into the Access database, and then save the file to a different location. This is based on a post I had read here from 'Tina T' notworthy.gif - and it has been working fine for the past two months. Now, some days when clicking on the button to import the file, the infamous 'Error 3274 - External table is not in the expected format' is rearing its head. pullhair.gif

I have researched both here in UtterAccess, and Googled it. I have relinked to the file, have saved the Excel file from .xlsx to .xlx, redone the Business Objects file that produces the Excel file - and still this error will show up sometimes, and other days it is smooth sailing.

Does anyone know what else I can try to resolve this?

Here is the VBA that I use. It is called from a Macro that first downloads text file(s), then this Excel file(s), then sends out a comparison report via email

Public Function ImportFacetsDE()
On Error GoTo ImportFacetsDE_Error

Dim strOrigFileName As String
Dim strNetWorkFolder As String
Dim strFinishedFolder As String

'Identify folder where report from Facets is located
strNetWorkFolder = "\\somepath...\PHP-Daily Direct Entry Reports\"
strFinishedFolder = "\\somepath...\PHP-Daily Direct Entry Reports\Verified Reports\"

strOrigFileName = Dir(strNetWorkFolder & "*.xls*")

Do Until strOrigFileName = ""
Name strNetWorkFolder & strOrigFileName As strNetWorkFolder & "MyXcelImport.xlsx"
CurrentDb.Execute "qryAppDE"
Name strNetWorkFolder & "myXcelImport.xls*" As strFinishedFolder & strOrigFileName
strOrigFileName = Dir

If Err.Number = 0 Then
Resume Next
ElseIf Err.Number = 20 Then
Resume Next
MsgBox "An error occurred when trying to import Business Objects report. " & _
"Please report the error to Claims Business Analyst as follows." & vbCrLf & _
"Error #: " & Err.Number & vbCrLf & _
"Description: " & Err.DESCRIPTION, _
vbOKOnly Or vbInformation, "OnBase vs Facets"
End If
Resume Error_Handler_Exit

Thank you in advance for any help you could provide
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post Aug 9 2018, 11:57 AM

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From: SunnySandyEggo

Hi Katy,

Welcome to UtterAccess!

I have been seeing a few of these reports lately, so it makes me think it's a bug. However, I would have expected it to apply only to 2016, but you're using 2010.

Did you say it only happens sometimes, not all the time? If so, does it always fail on the same specific file(s)?

If it is a bug, I am not sure what we can do to fix it.

Just my 2 cents... "And if I claim to be a wise man, it surely means that I don't know" - Kansas
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post Aug 9 2018, 05:05 PM

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Joined: 16-August 17

Hi DbGuy:

yes, it happens on the same file. I have a Business Objects report that is saved automatically in .xlsx format to the folder, then in the morning, I click on the button to import.
Yesterday the import worked fine, no problem. Today, the error 3274 appeared when trying to import the Excel file. crazy.gif

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