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Using Databases in Office Base

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In Office Base, you can access data that is stored in a wide variety of database file formats. Office Base natively supports some flat file database formats, such as the dBASE format. You can also use Office Base to connect to external relational databases, such as databases from MySQL or Oracle.

The following database types are read-only types in Office Base. From within Office Base it is not possible to change the database structure or to edit, insert, and delete database records for these database types:

  • Spreadsheet files
  • Text files
  • Address book data

Using a Database in Office

  • To create a new database file, choose File - New - Database.

The Database Wizard helps you to create a database file and to register a new database within Office.

The database file contains queries, reports, and forms for the database as well as a link to the database where the records are stored. Formatting information is also stored in the database file.

  • To open a database file, choose File - Open. In the File type list box, select to view only "Database documents". Select a database document and click Open.