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Select Database

Select Database

The Select Database dialog appears when the program is unable to use the file it has listed as its working database. This can occur for a number of reasons; the file may no longer exist, may have been renamed, you may have changed the password in the program and it no longer matches the database, or you may have updated your version of Office and no longer have the necessary drivers.

The program searches in a number of common locations, including:

 Only databases that you can use are listed – i.e., only those for which you have the necessary drivers and for which the password you have currently set in the program is valid (if you have no password set, then only databases without password protection will be listed).   

Along with the full path to each database, the dates when it was last read (accessed) and written (updated) are shown; the list is also ordered with the one last written nearest the top, to try to make it easier for you to select the most likely database.  

If it cannot find any qualifying databases in all of its locations, or you cancel the dialog it presents (implying that you don’t like any of its suggestions), the program will create a brand new database for you based on the blank template provided with the program. If, for some reason, even that default cannot be found or used, you will be warned.  

If you select a file from the dialog, a copy will be made in the working directory and named ‘Public’, so it won’t affect the file you choose – it always uses a copy.