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WD: Can't Use Microsoft Access Files (.mdb or DDE) with Word
Article ID: 137076 - View products that this article applies to.
This article was previously published under Q137076
When you use the Mail Merge or the Insert Database command to obtain data from a Microsoft Access data file, the option for "MS Access Databases (*.mdb)" does not appear in the "Files Of Type" list, and the DDE method of obtaining the data is not available.
In addition, you may receive the following error message:
Word could not re-establish a DDE connection to Microsoft Access to complete the current task
For Word to show *.mdb files or to use DDE with Microsoft Access, the Microsoft Access program folder must be listed correctly in the Windows Registry Extensions key. A Typical installation of Microsoft Access updates the Win.ini file with extension information, but information in the Win.ini file is not added to the appropriate Registry key in Windows 95.
Method 1: Add Microsoft Access to the Environment path
NOTE: If these steps do not correct the problem, make sure that the database you are trying to connect to in the mail merge main document is in the Access directory or in a directory in the path statement of the Autoexec.bat file.
Method 2: Correct the RegistryFor information about how to edit the registry, view the Changing Keys And Values online Help topic in Registry Editor (Regedit.exe). Note that you should make a backup copy of the registry files (System.dat and User.dat) before you edit the registry.
WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall Windows 95. Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
For additional information, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/136393/EN-US/ )How to Modify the Windows Registry
Article ID: 137076 - Last Review: January 19, 2007 - Revision: 1.2