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How do I make a access database smaller?

I have an access database that started out at like 50mb and now its about 850mb and when I delete some thing out of the tables it doesn't reduce in size. Any suggestions?
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Herb Vasquez
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MageDribbleCommented:
Compact the database.  It's under the tools menu
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MageDribbleCommented:
Tools...Database Utilities...Compact and Repair

What happens is Access will "bloat" when tables are created but won't release that memory after the table has been deleted.  You need to compact and repair to release that memory.
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rockiroadsCommented:
In addition to compacting, decompiling also helps. I tend to use this, though always backup first!

Straight after a decompile, a compact/repair is done (I usually do this twice)

http://www.granite.ab.ca/access/decompile.htm
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MageDribbleCommented:
I believe decompile only works well on older versions of Access.  I may be wrong about that though.  

rockiroads, do you know if decompile should be used on newer versions of Access?  I may need to add that feature to my software then :)
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puppydogbuddyCommented:
You need to do a compact  and repair on a regular basis.  The easiest way to do that is to go to the command menu, select tools>options>general tab>compact on close. Then click ok.
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Herb VasquezNetwork AdministratorAuthor Commented:
THanks
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rockiroadsCommented:
MageDribble, Ive been using decompile on Access2003 (but DB's saved in Access2000) format and so far Ive not had a problem.
But as with decompile, its always safe to make a backup

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