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With the latest Microsoft Access program rolled out just last year, a lot of improvements have been made to the database program. Still, many users struggle with slow-loading databases. When your business is running on speed and efficiency, it’s frustrating to be slowed down by your database. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to speed up your databases. Let’s check them out below!

All Tables Should Have Primary Keys

Every table in your database should have a primary key so that the database can identify specific records. Plus, you cannot create secondary indexes unless you have a primary key. To determine if you have your tables set up correctly, open every table in Design view. You can quickly see if any tables are without a primary key. Remember, your primary key should be one field and numeric.

Add Secondary Indexes for Faster Searches

If you find yourself searching for the same fields, adding a secondary index will be helpful. You don’t need secondary indexes for all fields, of course. Stick to the ones that you use on a regular basis such as OrderDate.

Split Your Databases

Splitting your database can improve performance and stability, especially when sharing it with others. When you split your database, one part holds all objects (except for tables) while the other holds the data. These two parts – the “app” and the “data” – are linked together.

Use Compact and Repair

It’s a good idea to use Compact and Repair each month. This administrative tool prevents corruption and keeps your databases healthy. It also reduces the need to manually run Access reports, collects database statistics and compacts databases to make more room and save VBA code. Using the tool, you can import or delete objects in your database.

Load Only What You Need

You don’t need to load everything when you open your database, as this will only slow things down. Consider what information you are trying to collect and what needs to be opened. Get rid of the forms that open everything and use the “where” clause to show the data you need. The “where” clause limits the number of records returned, which means fewer resources and faster results.

If you’ve been frustrated with the lack of speed of your Access databases, follow the tips above or give Arkware a call. We specialize in MS Access, and we can evaluate your program and discover ways to make your databases ultra fast! In just one phone call, you could be running your business more efficiently – call us today!