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working with 2 datafiles

in my application i need to get a query that join 2 tables from 2 different datafiles,
i have main.mdb that i use to store employees data
and common.mdb that has list and values
i fill the caode in data.mdb tables but the code and  description is in common.mdb
now i want to show on a datagrid, one of the tables from main.mdb, but i want to display the code and description
the code is in main.mdb and description is in common.mdb ?
how can i do that ?
Does attaching the tables from common.mdb to data.mdb solve the problem or any other better answer ?????????
i use MS Access 2000 and VB6.0 on Win98SE
note that : the main.mdb and common.mdb could be installed to different locations, and location of common.mdb could change any time.

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You have two choices, you can either create linked tables in main.mdb to the real tables in common.mdb and treat them as if they were always in main (access handles updating, selecting etc). Or you can use the IN clause to specify an alternate mdb to retrieve data from:

Select MainTable.*,CommonTable.* From Main Inner Join Common IN 'c:\myfolder\common.mdb' On MainTable.Key = CommonTable.Key

However you need to know where common.mdb is at all times, this could be stored in the registry or some other place where you can retrieve the current location when required so your statement would become:

"Select MainTable.*,CommonTable.* From Main Inner Join Common IN '" & strCommonMDBPath & "' On MainTable.Key = CommonTable.Key

Where strCommonMDBPath contains the full path and filename of the common mdb.
raedAuthor Commented:
which is better , i think i m using the first way now but i wanted to be sure,
i need always to reattach the linked tables , i used reattach procedure it worked on Access97 but on 2000 it give lot of problem, is ther a good reattachment function any where i can use,,, for MS Access 2000 ?

thanx alot
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