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Error "The parameter is incorrect" When Connecting to Excel


Published: 06 Dec 2013
Last Modified Date: 03 Nov 2015

Issue

When you try to connect to Microsoft Excel, the following error might occur: 
 
The parameter is incorrect.

""
-c "tab.pipe://./pipe/{XXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXXXX}" -rpath "C:\Users\<username>\Documents\My Tableau Repository" -rlang en_US -e 1 

Environment

  • Tableau Desktop 8.0.0 - 8.1.7
  • Microsoft Excel

Resolution

Option 1

  1. Upgrade to Tableau Desktop 8.1.8 or a later version. For more information, see Upgrading Tableau Desktop in Tableau Help.
  2. Install the Microsoft Access 2007 Database Engine driver from the Tableau Drivers & Activation page.

Option 2

Install the Microsoft Access 2007 Database Engine driver from the Tableau Drivers & Activation page.

Cause

The necessary drivers are not installed.

Additional Information

For more information about this issue, refer to the 8.1.8 Release Notes page.
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