Why does my Access 2013 database save as Access 2010?

Posted on 2014-11-20
Last Modified: 2014-11-20
I have both Access 2013 and Access 2010 on my computer.
I created a new database in Access 2013 and saved it to my C drive as such.  It has the extention .accdb.  However, it actually saved as an Access 2010 database (as seen by the icon next to the file name) and when I open the database from Windows Explorer, it opens in Access 2010.
However, if I open Access 2013 first and then open my database from the "Recent" list on the left, it opens in Access 2013.
How can I get the database to save as an Access 2013 database on my C drive?
Thank you.
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by:Phillip Burton
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I do not believe that Access 2013 uses a significantly different format to Access 2010, so I do not think it does save it as an Access 2010 database.

I think it is your computer interpreting which version of Access has the priority.
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To re-associate your files as Access 2013 files, run the Office set up and select Repair Office.

See for more information.

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Do you know how I can change the priority setting on my computer?

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Done.  Thanks.
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You should find that it opens with the last version you used, which is the one that gets registered as the default version.

If you want it to open with a specific version, you have to:

1. Start that version, then open the file


2. Create a shortcut pointing to a specific version and use the short cut.


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Thanks, Jim.  I already closed this issue so I regret that I cannot assign points to you.  But I appreciate your help because I will actually need to use both versions.
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