I would like to know the source of my access table


I have an access database with tables created from different data sources like excel spreadsheet  or other access tables. The access database was created sometime back. Now I am trying to find a way to find the source of the tables created in the database. Is there a way to find it?

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Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information SystemsCommented:
No, I don't think so, if all you have to go on is the tables themselves.  I suppose you could take some unique information from a table and search your network for it, but I wouldn't hold out much hope.

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Dale FyeOwner, Developing Solutions LLCCommented:
If the data was imported into Access tables, there is no way to determine the source of the data.  If the tables are linked from some other data source, you should be able to determine the source of the data several ways.

1.  Mouse over the linked table in the database window.

2.  look at the tables Connect property in the tabledef object:


3.  Look in the system table (mSysObjects).  Easiest way to do this is in a query:

SELECT Name, Connect, Database, Type  from mSysObjects
Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:

I usually just pull
   WHERE Type=6 (...Linked tables)

...more full proof?

...Just for my own info...

Dale FyeOwner, Developing Solutions LLCCommented:

I used to use Type = 6 (eons ago).

Then I read something in one of the Access magazines that indicated that there was no guarantee that MS would not change the values or the meanings of the values in the Type column, and it recommended just using the [Database] IS NOT NULL syntax; so I changed.

I've never had it fail on me, so I've never switched back.
Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:
thanks for the info...
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