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OFF2000: Error Message: The Jet Database Engine Cannot Open <dBASEFile>

Article ID: 251208

Article Last Modified on 10/7/2003


  • Microsoft Excel 2000 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 2000 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q251208


When you try to connect to a dBASE file, the following error message may appear:

The Jet database engine cannot open <dBASEFile>. It is already opened in exclusive or you need permission to view.

where <dBASEFile> is the name of the dBASE file you are attempting to connect to.


This behavior occurs if the following are true:

  • You are connecting to the dBASE file with the dBASE ODBC driver that is included with Office 2000. - and -

  • The dBASE file you are connecting to is open in another program. - and -

  • You do not have the Borland Database Engine (BDE) installed.


To resolve this issue, obtain the the Borland Database Engine (BDE) from one of the following third-party vendors:

  • Borland
  • Inprise
  • Merant

For information about how to contact the above mentioned vendors, click the appropriate article number in the following list to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

65416 Hardware and Software Third-Party Vendor Contact List, A-K

60781 Hardware and Software Third-Party Vendor Contact List, L-P

60782 Hardware and Software Third-Party Vendor Contact List, Q-Z

Additional query words: OFF2000 xl2000 wd2000 of2k xl2k wd2k xl20 wd20

Keywords: kbfix kbprb KB251208