Open Microsoft Access file directly from Onedrive?

Luke Van Eede
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Is it possible for Access to open a file straight from Onedrive, like Word can? I have attached an example screenshot of the way Im trying to open it.
When I try to do that, it thinks about it for a few seconds, then comes up with a message that says "The file does not exist, or you do not have read access to the file".

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I have tried it on two computers and both did the same thing. If you do the same process to open a document in Word, it works just fine.
It will open if I browse to a copy of the file saved locally.

Im thinking maybe Access just doesn't support open files straight from Onedrive? I was hoping to avoid having a copy saved locally because the Onedrive account that is linked with Office is different to the Onedrive account linked to the computer and you cant sync two personal Onedrive accounts at the same time.
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Commented:
It is usually a bad idea to open a database file like Access or QuickBooks over the Internet (On Drive). You can damage the database that way.

Use a local file, or on a Local Area Network.

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Yeah, I thought that might be the case, but I would still like to know for sure if it is possible. It gives you the option, so it looks like it should work, but maybe they don't allow it for the reason John just said.
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I would still like to know for sure if it is possible   <-- It can work (so there is no article that says it cannot work) but you can damage the database  (numerous article support this).
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Shared online drives are not compatible with Access, see http://www.devhut.net/2016/09/24/access-back-end-location-wan-online-server-onedrive-dropbox/ to learn more about some options that exist.
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As John has said, you can't use One Drive with Access.

Jim.

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Ok, thanks for the info. I will just have to use a local copy of the file then.
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You are very welcome and I was happy to help

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