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Chapter 3. Getting Information Into and ... > Linking a Database to Information in...

Linking a Database to Information in Another Database

Instead of importing data into an Access database from another program, you can leave the data in the other program and link to it. Although working with data that is stored in your own database is faster, safer, and more flexible, sometimes linking is preferable.


The most common reason for linking to data in another Access database or a different program is because you don’t own the data. Perhaps another department in your organization maintains the data in a SQL database, and they are willing to give you permission to read the tables and queries but not to change them. Other reasons are security and ease of data distribution.


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