Using ODC Files with Visio

I use the Link Data to Shapes wizard in Visio Professional almost everyday, but I have not really bothered to use the Office Data Connections (ODC) files much, probably because there is no easy way of creating them in Visio. However, the Data Connection wizard does allow you to use previously created ODC files. So, I thought I’d document the easiest way I know of creating them … using Excel!

In fact, Excel and Reports can use ODC files too. See

In Excel, select Data \ From Other Sources \ From Data Connection Wizard …



You can then select your data source, and import some sample data into Excel.



You can then save the ODC file…



In Visio, you can then use the saved ODC file with Link Data to Shapes…




You can then select the ODC file, and continue as normal with the External Data in Visio.



Useful…. especially when used with SharePoint  as source for Visio Services…


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