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HowTo: Use Microsoft Access tables in ArcGIS
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Neither adding a Microsoft Access table directly into ArcMap nor opening and modifying a Personal Geodatabase in Microsoft Access is supported by Esri because this can damage the Access database. Instructions provided describe how to use Microsoft Access tables in ArcGIS by way of an OLE DB connection.
Even though Microsoft Access Databases and Esri's Personal Geodatabases are both built on the MDB file format, they should not be opened through their non-native software.
Use the following procedure to create an OLE DB connection to the Access Database:
- In ArcCatalog, open the Database Connections folder, and double-click 'Add OLE DB Connections' to open the Data Link Properties dialog box.
- Select the Microsoft Jet 4.0 OLE DB Provider, and click Next.
-show me-The Microsoft Office 12.0 Access Database Engine OLE DB Provider can also be selected.
- In section one, specify the database by navigating to it. If the database has a password, enter that information in section 2. Click on the Test Connection button to verify that the database can be connected to.
- To use the Access table through ArcMap, add the table through the OLE DB connection.
-show me-Some users use Linked Tables in Access. These are not viewable through an OLE DB connection, although Access Queries are viewable. To use the Linked Table, create a Query in Access that references the Linked Table and connect to the linked table through the query in the OLE DB connection.There are a few limitations to be aware of when working with OLE DB connections. See the link in the Related Information section below for more information.For NIM009080, a quick workaround is to use the Microsoft Access ODBC Driver instead of the OLE DB connection.
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