distributing mde file RRS feed

  • Question

  • I like to sell my mde file to customers. How they can open it without having office installed?
    • Moved by Chenchen Li Monday, January 30, 2017 3:09 AM Not Office Add-in
    Saturday, January 28, 2017 12:17 PM

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  • Hi,

    Please visit Ways to share an Access database:

    The following table contains links to articles about ways to share that don't require users to have Access installed.

    Other ways to share

    Required to use

    For more information, see...

    Access Runtime deployments

    Access Runtime

    Deploy an Access 2007 application


    E-mail; may require other programs depending on report format

    Distribute a report electronically

    Web app

    Web browser; Access Services infrastructure (can be hosted)

    Note: This article does describe how you can use Access Services on a SharePoint site to share a database with other users who do have Access installed. The article linked in the cell at right describes how to share a database with users who do not have Access installed.

    Build a database to share on the Web

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    Tuesday, January 31, 2017 8:43 AM
  • Your best bet would be to package your mde and create an installer that checks to see if the user already has Access install, if not download and install the runtime.  Then create the necessary Trusted Location.  Then create shortcut ...

    For a list of most popular installers, see: MS Access Package Solution Wizard is Dead, Now What?


    I'd also urge you to review: Securing Your MS Access Database Front-End

    Daniel Pineault, 2010-2016 Microsoft MVP
    Professional Support: http://www.cardaconsultants.com
    MS Access Tips and Code Samples: http://www.devhut.net

    Tuesday, January 31, 2017 1:23 PM