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Hour 20. Database Administration > Creating an MDE File

Creating an MDE File

Access 2003 offers an additional level of security through the creation of MDE files. An MDE (compiled database) file is a database file that has all editable source code removed. This means that Access eliminates all the source code behind the forms, reports, and modules contained in the database. An MDE file offers additional security because the forms, reports, and modules in an MDE file cannot be modified. Other benefits of an MDE file include reduced size and optimized memory usage. To create an MDE file, follow these steps:


1.
Open the database on which you will base the MDE file.

2.
Choose Tools | Database Utilities | Make MDE File. The Save MDE As dialog box appears.

3.
Select a name for the MDE file and click OK.


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