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I have some data that is given in a consistent XML format (which I can't change). I would like to import it into a database so that I can work with it, and then search, identify and export certain records into an Excel workbook, as I don't think it can be imported to Excel directly.

I have no experience working with databases so I'm not sure if this is possible or for the best approach. My question is: Can this be done with a database tool/function? It's not important what the database system is, but I would prefer MS-Access or SQL-Server Express.

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Excel can natively import XML.… – Phil May 2 '12 at 11:45
Oh thank you, I didn't know. – answer.42 May 2 '12 at 11:50

Excel is capable of importing XML directly.

See this link for details.

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