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Chapter 16. Networking > To open a database as the host:

To open a database as the host:

1.
After making sure no one else has the file open, choose File > Open or use your keyboard: in Windows, on the Mac.

2.
When the Open dialog box appears, choose a file and click Open.

3.
Choose File > Sharing (Figure 16.1). Within the File Sharing dialog box, make sure Multi-User is selected (Figure 16.2). If the button is dimmed, a message will appear in the middle of your screen explaining why. Or choose Multi-User (Hidden) to host a file that’s somehow linked to a file guests will need to see. For more information, see the Tip below.

4.
Click OK.

Tip

  • The Multi-User (Hidden) choice in the File Sharing dialog box (Figure 16.2) is designed to grant guests access to a file they need to see while hiding related files that you don’t necessarily want them to see. For example, a file may include value list- or relational-links to another file. By opening the related file and choosing Multi-User (Hidden), the host can enable the first file to fetch all the data it needs without giving guests direct access to the related files.



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