Using Access 2000 to link to this dbf file. C:\MyDocs\C_Metric\CONST\OC_DATA_CONST_1005.DBF I get the message "Microsoft Jet database engine could not find the object 'OC_DATA_CONST_1005.DBF'. Make sure the object exists and that you spell its name and the path name correctly. If I change the name to C:\MyDocs\C_Metric\CONST\OC_DATA.DBF It will link to the dbf file. Why does Access 2000 not reconize a file name longer than 8 characters.