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Toad Data Point 5.1 - User Guide

Create Access Connections

Although this connection uses the ODBC driver, it is easier and faster to connect using this method. See Troubleshoot Access Issues for more information about troubleshooting connection issues.


  • The Toad Sample Database and established connection that comes pre-loaded in Toad Data Point is an Access database. The connection information for this database is: 

    Database file = C:\Program Files\Quest Software\ToadInstallDirectory\Plugins\Odbc\Sample Database\Quest_Stage.mdb

    Additional sample files for this database are available in the Project Manager.

To create an Access connection

  1. Click on the toolbar (ALT+F+N).

  2. Select Access from the Group list box.

  3. Review the following for additional information:

    Database file

    Select the database to use when connecting.

    MDW file

    Select the MDW file that is linked to the database.


    Enter the password to use when connecting.

    Tip: After connecting, you can set a master password to further secure your connection in Tools | Options| Environment | Security.


    Select or create a category if you want to color code Editor tabs for a specific connection. This can help differentiate between development and production databases. You can also set an option to color code the Object Explorer pane and object editor windows (Create, Alter, Drop, etc.). See Set Connection Categories for more information.

      Click here to view a video of this feature.

  1. Click Connect to connect immediately while saving the connection information. Optionally, click Save to save the connection without connecting.

Considerations and Limitations

Consideration/Limitation Description

Microsoft Access 2016 64-bit

Office 365 64-bit

To successfully create a connection to an Access database using Microsoft Access 2016 64-bit, the Microsoft Access Database Engine is required and might not have been included in the Access installation. In addition, the architecture (bitness) of the engine must match the bitness of Toad.

If using 64-bit Toad, the 64-bit version of Microsoft Access Database Engine is required.

If using 32-bit Toad, the 32-bit version of Microsoft Access Database Engine is required.

  1. You can download the 64-bit or 32-bit Microsoft Access Database Engine components at:
  2. Be sure to select the appropriate version (64-bit or 32-bit) of the AccessDatabaseEngine.exe installer to match the bitness of Toad.

Tip: Connections are stored in the connections.xml file and can be found by clicking the Application Data Directory link in Help | About.

Click here to view a video about creating connections in Toad Data Point


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