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Change a Field's Data Type

Change a Field's Data Type
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When you first design and build a database, you plan one or more tables, define the fields (columns) for each table and set a data type for each field. For example, if you need to store dates and times, you set a field to the Date/Time data type. If you need to store names and addresses, you set one or more fields to the Text data type, and so on. Here are some steps on how to change a field's data type in Microsoft Access 2003.
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