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What the heck does this mean?

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What the heck does this mean?


While trying to solve another problem, deleted my PAD file on the possibility that is is corrupt. I then went to open my database with the ADF. When I did that, the ADF was not listed as being present. I know that it is there and I did set the selector to show ADFs.


When I restore my PAD, I can open the database.


Does anyone see what/where the problem is located?

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Re: What the heck does this mean?

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Hello jharri1821,
If you are able to open your database but cannot browse to it, it sounds like you are looking in the wrong location. Once you open the database, go to Help > About ACT!, then click the Database Information button. The Database Settings Information box will give you the location of the database (scroll down to DatabaseFileLocation). You can also open the .pad file with Notepad and the location of the database will be there as well.

Greig Hollister

Note: Effective 6/1/13, Sage no longers provides support for the Act! software. This is now provided by Swiftpage.

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Re: What the heck does this mean?

the PAD file is just a Pointer to the ACT! Database

It can be copied to another location (often for security) and just tells ACT! the server and path on the server for the ADF

As Greig said, you can open it in Notepad to see where it's pointing