Unfortunately sometimes copy / paste from Excel into SQL server doesn’t work. Since moving data from Excel into SQL server (or another DBMS) can sometimes prove trickier than it should be I’ve created this handy script to help with just that. To get it to work:
1) Paste it into your excel project as a macro.
2) Select the sheet you want to copy
3) The first row of your sheet must contain the column names of the table to be inserted into.
4) Update the macro to use the correct table (look for TABLE_NAME_HERE)
That’s it! Put your cursor in the method and press F5. Upon completion you’ll get a message box with “complete” in it. Once the file is generated copy the contents of c:\temp\insert.txt into Management Studio / Toad / etc and run it.
Sub GenerateInsertRecords() 'Code thanks to https://anthonystechblog.wordpress.com 'Feel free to use, change and re-distribute the code you find on my site, 'all I ask is you leave these these comments intact! Dim i As Integer, ii As Double, iColumn as integer Dim str As String, strInsert As String, strComplete As String str = "" str = "insert into TABLE_NAME_HERE (" For i = 1 To 999 If Len(Cells(1, i)) < 1 Then Exit For str = str & Cells(1, i) & "," Next i str = Left(str, Len(str) - 1) str = str & ") values (" Dim oConvert As Variant strInsert = str strComplete = "" For ii = 2 To 65000 If Len(Cells(ii, 1)) < 1 Then Exit For strComplete = strComplete & strInsert str = "" For iColumn = 1 To i - 1 oConvert = getInput(Cells(ii, i)) str = str & oConvert & "," Next iColumn str = Left(str, Len(str) - 1) str = str & ")" strComplete = strComplete & str & vbNewLine Next ii Dim oFS As Scripting.FileSystemObject Set oFS = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject") Dim oText As Scripting.TextStream Set oText = oFS.OpenTextFile("c:\temp\insert.txt", ForWriting, True) oText.Write (strComplete) oText.Close MsgBox ("complete") End Sub Function getInput(theInput As Variant) As Variant Dim retval As Variant If IsNull(theInput) Then retval = "Null" ElseIf UCase(theInput) = "NULL" Then retval = "Null" ElseIf IsNumeric(theInput) Then retval = theInput Else retval = "'" & theInput & "'" End If getInput = retval End Function