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post Mar 7 2018, 07:34 AM

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Excel offers the capability to connect to a random website and bring in a table, but it appears that Access 2016 does not (only as seen below). Am I missing something? How can I *easily* pull in (on the fly) data from the web?



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post Mar 7 2018, 08:08 AM

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There are articles re getting data from website to msAccess table-- usually found with google "scraping data from website".
Here is one article
and another from same people.

More web scraping info from Dev-hut (Daniel Pinneault)
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post Mar 7 2018, 09:19 AM

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In depends, in part, on what you mean by "connecting to a website". It sounds like you want to download data from a website, which is nominally presented in a tabular format. You can do that in more than one way, as the links provided illustrate.

Keep in mind, however, that many websites do not support scraping their websites, especially those which offer access to a data stream, either free or paid. Before you go to far in that direction, therefore, you might want to determine if that's the case with the data in which you are interested.

Also, many sites that do offer data services provide for a way to get that data via a web service. Again, I'd urge you to contact the administrators of the site to determine if that's a better possibility.

For one thing, websites can, and do, undergo modifications from time to time. There's no guarantee, therefore, that the data you want will always be available in the same format, meaning your tool will also have to be modified to match. If this is intended to be an on-going process, it's probably more efficient to get on top of it from the beginning.

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post Mar 7 2018, 09:27 AM

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Thanks so much Orange999 and George!!
Have a great day
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