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Chapter 19. Using External Data > Understanding External Data

Understanding External Data

Microsoft Access is very capable of interfacing with data from other sources. It can use data from any ODBC data source, as well as data from FoxPro, dBASE, Paradox, Lotus, Excel, and many other sources. In this chapter, you will learn how to interface with external data sources through the user interface and by using code.

External data is data stored outside the current database. It can refer to data stored in another Microsoft Access database, as well as data stored in a multitude of other file formats—including ODBC, ISAM, spreadsheet, ASCII, and more. This chapter focuses on accessing data sources other than ODBC data sources. ODBC data sources are covered extensively in Chapter 20, “Client/Server Techniques,” and Chapter 21, “Client/Server Strategies.”


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