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Microsoft® Office Access 2003 Inside Out by John L. Viescas

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Linking Files

You can link tables from other Microsoft Access databases—whether the other databases are local or on a network—and work with the data as if these tables were defined in your current Access database. If you want to work with data stored in another database format supported by Access (dBASE, Paradox, or any SQL database that supports ODBC, including Microsoft FoxPro), you can link the data instead of importing it.

Note

Although you can import queries, forms, reports, macros, and modules from another Access database file, you cannot link these types of objects. Any object that Access needs to run (rather than simply be a container for data) must be in your local database.

In most cases, you can read data, insert new records, delete records, ...

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