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Compacting an Access 2010 database without opening Access or programmably

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Hello All

I was wondering if it is possible to compact an Access 2010 database without opening Access (like putting the steps into a batch file) or creating a second Access program to do it automatically.

What I would need to have happen is:
1. Automatically each night (around midnight when everyone is off it) a copy of the Access database is made and the older copy (from the night before) is deleted.
2. The original is compacted and repaired.

All with no human interaction (I don't want to have to be up at midnight to answer msg boxes).

Any help is appreciated.
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Our free Application Starter utility will do something similar. Rather than compact and backup at midnight, it will do this when the first user opens the application in the morning. http://peterssoftware.com/aps.htm
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You can also run a batch file to do this:

@echo off
cd\ "full path to your backup folder"
del "full name of your backup file"
copy /y "full path to your database" "full path to your backup file"
cd\"full path to the office folder"
msaccess.exe "full path to your database" /compact

Save this as a Batch file (perhaps name it "CompactMyDB.bat"), and then run that as needed. You can schedule this to run through the Windows Scheduler if needed.

Be sure to use full paths to all files, including the name and extension of the file EXCEPT for the cd\ lines - those are "change directory" lines, and you only use the folder path for those.

See this for more information on Batch file commands:

http://www.robvanderwoude.com/batchcommands.php
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