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Advanced: Requires expert coding, interoperability, and multiuser skills.
This article applies only to a Microsoft Access database (.mdb).
This article describes how to use a Schema.ini file and Data Access Objects (DAO) to programmatically open or link to a text file. A Schema.ini file contains the specifics on how data is formatted in a particular text file and is used by the Text ISAM driver to read and manipulate data.
Microsoft provides programming examples for illustration only, without warranty either expressed or implied. This includes, but is not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. This article assumes that you are familiar with the programming language that is being demonstrated and with the tools that are used to create and to debug procedures. Microsoft support engineers can help explain the functionality of a particular procedure, but they will not modify these examples to provide added functionality or construct procedures to meet your specific requirements. To create a Schema.ini file and a fixed-width text file that you can use in the Example section later in this article, follow these steps:
ExampleNOTE: The sample code in this article uses Microsoft Data Access Objects. For this code to run properly, you must reference the Microsoft DAO 3.6 Object Library. To do so, click References on the Tools menu in the Visual Basic Editor, and make sure that the Microsoft DAO 3.6 Object Library check box is selected.
To create a table linked to a text file (Contacts.txt), follow these steps:
For more information about accessing data in a text file, click Microsoft Access Help on the Help menu, type link to fixed-width text files in the Office Assistant or the Answer Wizard, and then click Search to view the topic.