Dear Cristoball i am trying to separate the front and back end of my access database . so that the tables are placed at one separate location and the .mde files can be distributed to users . BUT the problem is that, 1) i dont know how to build this server/client stuff. 2) how can i make my .mde file (which at the moment is accessing data from its own tables) fetch data from another computer on the network. for instance lets take the northwind database , it takes data from its own tables. what are the modifications which i can apply to it.