Microsoft Query Error: “This data source contains no visible tables.”

When you import data by using the Microsoft Query Wizard and choose Excel Files as data source, you may receive the following error message:

This data source contains no visible tables.

See following screenshot:

This data source contains no visible tables

Why?

This issue occurs because the ODBC driver used to connect to the data source perceives the worksheets in your Excel workbook as system tables and does not display them. System tables are objects in database files that are not displayed by default.

How to resolve this issue?

To resolve this issue, follow these steps:

  1. When you receive the error message listed in this article. Click OK.
  2. In the Query Wizard - Choose Columns dialog box, and then click Options.
    Microsoft Query Wizard
  3. In the Table Options dialog box, click to select the System Tables check box, and then click OK.
    System Tables
  4. Note that now you can see and select individual worksheets in your Excel data source.

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11 comments
  1. Kunal Bhasin
    Kunal Bhasin

    Thank you so much for the help it started working

  2. raghu k p rao
    raghu k p rao

    thanks its working

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  4. Mostafa
    Mostafa

    done the same, but still tables can not be viewed ?

    • Mark
      Mark

      @Mostafa Did you ever get an answer, I’ve done this but still nothing displays ?

  5. Modesta
    Modesta

    They create their projects and projects onto it.

  6. bilal
    bilal

    very nice keep the good work

  7. Nancy
    Nancy

    so brilliant

  8. Jesson
    Jesson

    Thanks, problems are solved.

  9. Kathy Gilbert
    Kathy Gilbert

    Thx a million! This resolved my issue and I was able to create the queries I needed quickly.