Databases tend to grow with use and can become corrupted. Using the Compact and Repair Database command assists in preventing and correcting the problem that can affect a database.
Here is how to use Compact and Repair
Step 1 – Make sure that you are the only one that is in the database. Only one user can be in the database for this tool to run.
Step 2 – Select the Microsoft Office button
Step 3 – From the Office menu, select “Manage”
Step 4 – Select “Compact and Repair”
Step 5 – The “Database to Compact From” dialog box appears. Select the database that you wish to compact and repair.
Step 6 – Select the Compact button
Step 7 – Rename the compacted database in the “Compact Database Into” dialog box.
Step 8 – Select the Save button
Optional Step – After checking to make sure the compacted database is running properly, you can delete the older version and rename the newer version the same as the old database.