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I've got a little program which uses webqueries to import data from anywhere between10 and 200 web pages. It's working pretty well, but I need a way to clear out the residual connections via the code.

The part of the macro which imports the data was simply recorded and very slightly modified. I've included it below... but what I'd like to do once the data has been imported is delete the connection.

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