How to Open .DB Files

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How to Open .DB Files
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File extension .dB is a database. A database is a structured format of storing information in tables. Programs such as Microsoft Office Access and Microsoft Office Excel open and manage .dB files. Tables can be edited or deleted inside a database file. WordPad is a program available on all Windows computers. WordPad will open a .dB file but will not show it in a neatly organised format. However, you will still be able to read the data and open the file.

Skill level:
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Instructions

    Microsoft Office Access

  1. 1

    Click on the "Start" icon and select "All Programs."

  2. 2

    Click on the folder "Microsoft Office."

  3. 3

    Click on the icon for "Microsoft Office Access" to open the program.

  4. 4

    Click on "File" and select "Open."

  5. 5

    Navigate to the .dB file you wish to open.

  6. 6

    Double-click on the .dB filename. The database file will launch in Access.

    Microsoft Office Excel

  1. 1

    Click on the "Microsoft Office" folder.

  2. 2

    Select "Microsoft Office Excel."

  3. 3

    Click on "File" and select "Open."

  4. 4

    Select "All Files" from the file type area.

  5. 5

    Double-click on the .dB file you wish to open. The database file will load in Excel.

    WordPad

  1. 1

    Locate the .dB file you wish to open. Click on "Start," "My Documents" to find database files stored in the My Documents folder.

  2. 2

    Right-click on the .dB file and select the "Open With" option.

  3. 3

    Click on "Choose Program."

  4. 4

    Uncheck the "Always Use the Selected Program When Opening This Kind of File" option.

  5. 5

    Click on "Other Programs." Double-click the "WordPad" icon on the list. This will open the .dB database in a WordPad file.

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