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Saving the Entire Project in a Database

Microsoft Project 2000 can be saved in two different database formats: the Microsoft Project Database format and the Microsoft Access format. Both formats use the Microsoft Access 8.0 and Access 2000 file format and can be read from either Access or Project. All project data can be saved in the database format, including field data, views, calendars, and formatting. The files can then be queried, opened, modified, and saved either in Microsoft Project or in Microsoft Access. Of course, in Access, the data appears simply as a database, whereas in Project, the data appears in the familiar Project views.

Using the Microsoft Project Database Format

You can only save an entire project in the Microsoft Project database format (*.mpd) and not just parts of a project document. Because you can save multiple projects in the same database file, the Project database is the preferred format to use for a repository or archive of past projects. Saving projects into a database in Microsoft Project allows you to open the archive in Access and analyze patterns of performance for resources or tasks over multiple projects.


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