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VI. Sharing Access with the Rest of the ... > 19. Importing and Exporting Data

Chapter 19. Importing and Exporting Data

An Access database is like a carefully built fort. It takes strictly organized and error-tested information, and locks it up tight. Very few programs guard their data as protectively as database software does. Word processors and spreadsheet programs accept just about any content and let you build your document structure on the fly. Databases aren't nearly as freewheeling.

Most of the time, databases live in an independent world. But every once in a while, you need to bridge the gap in one of two ways:

  • You want to take the information from another program and import it—basically, stuff it into your database.

  • You want to take some of the information in an Access database and export it, so you can work with it in another program.


  

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