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My OS is win 10 pro 64 bit.  I created an Access database, not sure in what version, and I have completely forgotton the name or where I had saved it.  How do I search for it, I think I had named it as .... contacts ....   Thank u for your advise.
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Here's a script to search all the Access Files you have installed on your computer...if you don't know how to run scripts, let me know.

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/heyscriptingguy/2006/12/15/how-can-i-list-all-the-access-database-files-on-a-computer/
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Start out by searching your entire User profile directory. If you can't find it, search the entire C drive.

How confident are you that it is on the C drive?
Do you have other drives?
Is it possible it was saved on a server?

In any case, to search:

1. On your Win 10 computer, press Windows-R

2. In the Run dialog box that pops up, type in   %userprofile%   and press Enter

3. Your User Profile window should appear

4. In the Search box at the top right corner of that page, type in   *.mdb    This will search for all Access 2003 Database files.

5. If you don't find what you're looking for after the search is finished, with that window still open, in that same search box, delete   *.mdb   and type in    *.acc  ... this will search for all Access 2007 or later Database files (which includes .accdb and .accde

6. If you still don't find what you're looking for, now try searching the entire C drive (instead of just your profile folder).   To do this, repeat steps 2 through 5 but in step 2, replace "%userprofile%" with "C:\"  (or whichever drive letter you wish to search)
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Eric's solution works, thank u.
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Cool, I knew you had to search for just the file type, but I had no clue where to put it in at. Thanks Eric. and thanks for the assisted solution!
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I use this site a lot for my own questions, so glad I could help!
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