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Saving a Database with a Different Name or Format
Saving Databases
Figure 25-12:
When you choose
to create a backup,
Access fills in a
suggested file name that
incorporates the
current date. That way,
if you have several
backup files, you can
pick out the one you
want.
FreqUently Asked qUestion
What’s with the .laccdb File?
I see an extra file with the extension .laccdb. What gives?
Access uses the .laccdb to track who’s currently using the
database. The l stands for lock , and it’s used to make sure
that if more than one person is using the database at once,
people can’t make changes to the same record at the same
time (which could cause all manner of headaches). It’s safe
to ignore the .laccdb file. You don’t need to include it in
your backups.
So far, you’ve familiarized yourself with the .accdb file type.
But if you’re in the habit of browsing around with Windows
Explorer, you may notice another file that you didn’t create,
with the cryptic extension .laccdb. Along with Bobblehead.
accdb, you may spot the mysterious Bobblehead.laccdb.
Access creates a .laccdb file when you open a database file
and removes it when you close the database, so you’ll see
it only while you or someone else is browsing the database.
Saving a Database with a Different Name or Format
You’ve probably already noticed the File Save Database As command. When you click
it, you can save your database with a new name. With this command, however, you’re
limited to the standard .accdb format used in Access 2010 and Access 2007, which isn’t
compatible with older versions of Access. If you try to open Bobblehead.accdb in
Access 2003, you’ll get nothing more than a blank stare and an error message.
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