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I was opening a brand new mdb, and it comes up with existing tables that I didn't put in because its new. I try to delete them but it won't let me,  the tables are dimmed out and the owner is down as being the Engine in the tables' properties.
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You are probably seeing system tables, particularly if their names begin with the characters "MSys"!

Somehow, a recent user of your Access system has set them to be visible.  To make them disappear:

Pull down the Tools menu and click on Options...
Select the View tab and if you see that "System Objects" has been selected, then this was indeed your problem.  Just uncheck it.

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Oh, and by the way, click the "Apply" button at the bottom of the form before exiting!
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That was it - but what are those darn things for??
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These are the tables where Access keeps track of your table structures, queries, preferences, etc.  All the internal information that gets displayed for you when you look at the objects you have created.

It's all saved within your own database so it can't get separated like it does in the earlier X-base type databases.
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