You can import data into Minitab in several different ways.
You can open Minitab files, Microsoft Excel files, and text files directly in Minitab.
To open a file in Minitab, choose . For more information, go to Open a file.
You can copy data from Excel or other applications and paste the data into Minitab. You can also copy and paste data within Minitab.
ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) is a protocol that many applications use to import data from database files. With ODBC, you can collect data in a database application such as Microsoft Access or dBase, and then import the data into Minitab.
To set up ODBC to import data, choose . For more information, go to Import data from a database by using ODBC.
Microsoft DDE (Dynamic Data Exchange) is a protocol that many applications use to exchange data. You can use DDE to exchange data between Minitab and other applications. You can add "hot links" to external applications such as Excel, so that, when values change in Excel, the values are automatically updated in Minitab. Also, you can hot link columns from Minitab to Excel, so that when the columns change in Minitab, they are automatically updated in Excel.
To create a hot link with DDE, choose . For more information, go to Overview of Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE).
Starting with Windows Vista, Microsoft does not support DDE on a network anymore. However, you can create DDE links on a local computer.