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Language: Visual Basic
Expertise: Beginner
Mar 3, 1997

Opening a Password Protected Access Database

Question:
I am developing an application in VB 4.0 connecting to an Access 7.0 Database. I do not want to set up database security with groups, users and passwords. All I want to do is set up a database password. Once I do this, however, I can't connect to the database. Help!

Answer:
The way to open a password protected Access database is by adding the PWD argument to the OpenDatabase command, as shown here:

   Set db = OpenDatabase("C:\MyDB.mdb", False, True, ";PWD=mypassword")
You have to follow the format exactly or Access will ignore the password. You have to have the semicolon exactly where it is in this example.
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