Data Management

Copy an existing table structure into a new Access database

If you've been searching for a way to use the table structure in an existing Microsoft Access database in another table, then check out this quick tip. It shows how to copy and customize the table structure to a new table in another database.

Have you been eyeing a Microsoft Access database that has a table whose structure you would like to use to create a table in another database? If so, you should consider copying the table structure because it could save you a massive amount of time when you go to create a new database.

To copy the table structure, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click the existing table name in the Database Window of the original database and click Copy.
  2. Close the database Window and open your new database.
  3. Under Objects, click Tables. Then, right-click the database Window and click Paste.
  4. Enter a name for the new table, choose Structure Only, and then click OK.

When you open the new table in Design view, it will have the exact same table structure as the original. Now you can now make any changes to the table structure to customize it to fit your needs.

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