Microsoft KB Archive/173574

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Article ID: 173574

Article Last Modified on 5/17/2007


  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q173574


When you perform a mail merge in Microsoft Word 97 with a data file from Visual FoxPro, Visual FoxPro is not available in the Files Of Type list; and if Word finds the file, it does not open it.

This problem applies to files with the .dbc or .dbf file name extensions.


In order for Word to list a file type in the Files Of Type list during a mail merge, Word needs an installable Indexed Sequential Access Method (ISAM) file for the product.

Because there is no installable ISAM file for Visual FoxPro, the Visual FoxPro option is not available in the Files Of Type list.


To resolve this problem in Microsoft Word 97 for Windows, install the latest version of Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC). To obtain the latest version of MDAC, please browse to the following Microsoft Web site:


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem does not occur in Microsoft Word 2000.


For additional information, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

237284 WD97: Error Message: "Cannot Find Installable ISAM"

110093 WD: ODBC--Open Database Connectivity Overview

Additional query words: 8.0 8.00 foxpro

Keywords: kb3rdparty kbbug kbfix kbmerge KB173574