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I need to create a document that contains a large amount of data that is stored in an Access Database. That Data is to be displayed as a table in the word doc. In general I can do that pretty easy, but if the user changes the Data in the Word document, I would want that data as well changed (or updated in the Access Database. Preferrably without opening the Access application. Is there a way to do that?



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Generally, No.

Word merges are generally snapshots of data and not updateable.

I am sure there is a way to do this using a button on the toolbar which compares the data in the doc to data in the sending table and makes updates, but what a kludge.

Why don't you want to give them a form in Access?

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Thanks mmcdonal
The problem is that the document is a secification document, which contains a bunch of word processing and formatingthat Access can't provide. Access is just too complicated to write a 20 page document in as a form. The idea was to use Word as a simple wordprocessor, with all the formatting stuff etc. adding the records from the database into a table (no problem here) , and if possible update the database out of the word document (some form of linking or data binding perhaps).
Even if the procedure you mentiond is a "kludge"... you know how to do exactly that?

Thanks for your reply in advance.

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