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Microsoft® Access® 2010 Inside Out by Jeff Conrad and John Viescas

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Linking Files

You can link tables from other 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, or any SQL database that supports ODBC), 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, or change data just as if the linked file ...

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