I think I have been confused. I have an access 97 database which I compiled into an .mde file for protection. I mistakenly got rid of my .mdb file thinking this was the purpose of doing this. What a mistake! Is there some way to reverse this and get my .mdb back. I realise now that I can't edit the .mde? Hopefully i am just missing something else cause it's got a lot of work in it!