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Chapter 30. Maintaining Your Application > Why This Chapter Is Important

Why This Chapter Is Important

Although you don't need to do too much to maintain an Access database, you must know about a few important techniques that you should use to ensure that you maintain your databases as effectively as possible. The first technique is compacting. Compacting a database means removing unused space from a database (.mdb file). The second technique involves backing up your databases. Without a proper backup procedure in place, you are like a circus performer without a safety net. Another useful technique to have at your disposal is the capability to convert Access databases between the various file formats. Finally, it is important that you are able to detect broken references within your database. This chapter covers the compact process and the ways you can accomplish it. It also covers all of the other maintenance techniques available to you within Microsoft Access.


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