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Special Edition Using Access 97, Second Edition by Roger Jennings

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Defining the Elements of Access Databases

Access databases include the following elements in a single .mdb data-base file:

  • Tables store data items in a row-column format similar to that used by spreadsheet applications. An Access database can include as many as 32,768 objects (the combination of tables, forms, reports, queries, and so on), and as many as 1,024 tables can be open at one time if you have sufficient resources available. You can import tables from other database applications (such as xBase and Paradox), client/server databases (such as Microsoft SQL Server), and spreadsheet applications (such as Micro-soft Excel and Lotus 1-2-3). You ...

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