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Access Data Types and Examples


Files, such as digital photos. Multiple files can be attached per record. This data type is not available in earlier versions of Access.


Numbers that are automatically generated for each record.


Monetary values.


Stores dates and times or a combination of both.


Hyperlinks, such as e-mail addresses and webpages.


Long blocks of text and text that use text formatting. A typical use of a Memo field would
be a detailed product description. Contains up to 65,500 characters


Numeric values, such as distances, that can be used in math (no letters). Note that there is a separate data type for currency.

OLE Object

Stores graphics, sounds, and objects such as spreadsheets in a field. Objects can be linked or embedded.


Short, alphanumeric values, such as a last name or a street address.


Stores yes/no, true/false, or on/off values

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