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Update xBase Data with a Microsoft Access Linked Table

Update xBase data by creating a linked table in Microsoft Access with the CData xBase ODBC Driver.

CData ODBC drivers connect your data to any database management tool that supports Open Database Connectivity (ODBC). This includes many of the most popular productivity tools, adding new capabilities for document sharing and collaboration. Using the CData ODBC driver for xBase, you can update live xBase data in Microsoft Access; for example, you can make updates that can be immediately seen by other users.

Connect to xBase as an ODBC Data Source

If you have not already, first specify connection properties in an ODBC DSN (data source name). This is the last step of the driver installation. You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure ODBC DSNs.

The DataSource property must be set to the name of the folder that contains the .dbf files. Specify the IncludeFiles property to work with xBase table files having extensions that differ from .dbf. Specify multiple extensions in a comma-separated list.

Create a Linked Table to Invoices Data

Follow the steps below to create a linked table, which enables you to access live Invoices data.

  1. On the External Data tab in Access, click ODBC Database.
  2. Select the option to link to the data source. A linked table will enable you to read from and write data to the Invoices table.
  3. Select the CData xBase data source from the Machine Data Source tab.

  4. Select the Invoices table. For more information on this table, see the "Data Model" chapter in the help documentation.
  5. Double-click the linked table to make edits. The linked table will always have up-to-date data and any changes will be reflected back to the underlying table.