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  • March 9, 2015

MySQL for Excel 1.3.4 has been released

Javier Ignacio Trevino Cobos
Software Development Manager

The MySQL Windows Experience Team is proud to announce the release of MySQL for Excel version 1.3.4. This is a maintenance release for 1.3.x. It can be used for production environments.

MySQL for Excel is an application plug-in enabling data analysts to very easily access and manipulate MySQL data within Microsoft Excel. It enables you to directly work with a MySQL database from within Microsoft Excel so you can easily do tasks such as:

  • Importing MySQL data into Excel
  • Exporting Excel data directly into MySQL to a new or existing table
  • Editing MySQL data directly within Excel

MySQL for Excel is installed using the MySQL Installer for Windows which comes in 2 versions:

  • Full (150 MB) which includes a complete set of MySQL products with their binaries included in the download
  • Web (1.5 MB - a network install) which will just pull MySQL for Excel over the web and install it when run.

You can download MySQL Installer from our official Downloads page at http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/installer/. The MySQL for Excel product can also be downloaded by using the product standalone installer found at this link http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/windows/excel/

Changes in MySQL for Excel 1.3.4 (2015-03-06)

This section documents all changes and bug fixes applied to MySQL for Excel since the release of 1.3.4. Several new features were added the 1.3.x branch, for more information see What Is New In MySQL for Excel 1.3 (http://dev.mysql.com/doc/mysql-for-excel/en/mysql-for-excel-what-is-new-1-3.html).

Known limitations:

  • Upgrading from versions MySQL for Excel 1.3.2 and lower is not possible due to a bug fixed in MySQL for Excel 1.3.3. In that scenario, the old version (MySQL for Excel 1.3.2 or lower) must be uninstalled first. Upgrading from version 1.3.3 works correctly.

Functionality Added or Changed

  • Two new options were added to the Manage Import/Edit connection information maintenance dialog. The first is used to automatically remove stored connection information related to Excel Workbooks that are no longer found where they were originally saved. The second new option is used to select all connection information entries that have not been used in the last n days, where n is configurable. (Bug #19789907, Bug #74304)

Bugs Fixed

  • For Excel 2007, a pop-up warning message incorrectly stated that some features could not be saved in a macro-free Workbook would appear when closing a Workbook that was not saved.
    • Bug #20540331, Bug #75900)
    • References: See also Bug #19358961.
  • The Refresh All action did not function on Pivot Tables. Each Pivot Table had to be individually updated.
    • Bug #20524883, Bug #75565
  • When a named table in Excel was filtered using the standard Excel filtering option, this filter was not taken into account when the append function of the MySQL for Excel plugin was called. All rows of the table were inserted, not just the remaining (filtered) ones.
    • Bug #20433602, Bug #75635
  • While the Export Data operation automatically assembles the SET declaration when detecting values suitable for a SET data type (such as lists of values separated by commas), the SET declaration assembled by MySQL for Excel was incorrect and did not correctly merge all of the values nor did it remove the duplicates when generating a single list of suitable values.
    • Bug #20426374, Bug #75660
  • An error similar to "Exception from HRESULT: 0x800A03EC" was generated when importing data with dates older than January 1, 1900. Dates older than this are now converted to text, as to prevent the COM exception.
    • Bug #20340588, Bug #75450
  • For Excel 2007, only .XLS files were available in the Save As dialog. Now, all formats supported by Excel 2007 are available.
    • Bug #20296618, Bug #75389
  • Executing Export Data to a New Table with the Preview SQL statements before they are sent to the server option enabled would report an incorrect (off by -1) number of affected rows under the Review SQL Script dialog.
    • Bug #20286897, Bug #75342
  • During Data Export, if the number of rows to be exported was higher than the number of previewed rows, the export operation was restricted to the number of previewed rows. A workaround was to increase the number of previewed rows to the number of rows being exported.
    • Bug #20077608, Bug #74942
  • Connection information entries could not be deleted.
    • Bug #19789907, Bug #74304
  • During an Edit Data session, and after data was added to a new row (and the row turned blue to indicate uncommitted changes), copying a value from a cell that lacked a status color (not modified) and pasting it into the new blue row did not retain the blue color.
    • Bug #19783737, Bug #74285
  • The Import Data, Append Data and Edit Data action labels were not disabled after a DB Object was deselected from the list.
    • Bug #18323840
  • Excel cells selected before MySQL for Excel was launched were not recognized, which caused the Export Data action label to remain disabled unless cells were selected again after MySQL for Excel was opened.
    • Bug #18323840
  • When performing an Export Data operation, and while overriding the data type for a column that contained ENUM or SET values, MySQL for Excel validates the data type entered in the data type combo box. If a value within the SET or ENUM did not have a corresponding left or right single quote to wrap the value, the Export Data dialog did not generate a warning for the invalid data type.
    • Bug #18298155
  • After executing an Export Data operation, a false warning of "Data in the current column is not unique" was generated when the Unique Index checkbox was checked on a column that only contained the column name but no other data. Before, MySQL for Excel used the ADO.NET method of determining if the data in a DataColumn was unique (by creating a Unique constraint against it), which used Microsoft SQL Server's rules and regarded null values as duplicates even when the column was set to allow null data. MySQL allows duplicate null values in a column that is set to allow null data. Now, MySQL for Excel uses the MySQL rules, so if a column is set to allow null data, those values are not considered in the uniqueness check, otherwise they are. If duplicate values are found when flagging a column as Unique, a dialog containing the sets of duplicate values along with the count of those sets can be displayed by clicking the More Information link shown within the column warning.
    • Bug #18270644
  • The name of the automatically added Primary Key was changed when a column name was changed.
    • Bug #18270044
  • Executing Export Excel Data to New Table after editing the column names of imported data would incorrectly emit a warning about repeated column names.
    • Bug #18270044


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