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Microsoft Query Error Message "Cannot Access Table"

Article ID: 107835

Article Last Modified on 8/15/2005


  • Microsoft Excel 95 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 5.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Query 2000

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If you attempt to access a dBASE table from Microsoft Query when the file name extension of the dBASE file has been changed to something other than .DBF, you will receive the following error message

Cannot Access Table <path\file name>

where <path\file name> is the full path and file name of the table you want to open.


This error message occurs when file names are filtered by the common dialog dynamic link library (COMMDLG.DLL).

In Microsoft Query, when a file name ends with an extension other than .DBF, Microsoft Query executes the ODBC SQLColumns function on that file. If you manually change the filter in the Add Tables dialog box to All Files (*.*) and then attempt to open a file, Microsoft Query will use the SQLColumns function to send that file name. Sending the file name this way results in the NO_DATA_FOUND error. This ODBC error results in the error message "Cannot Access Table".

To avoid this error, make certain all .DBF tables end with a .DBF extension.

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