MDA File Extension

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Access Add-in
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What is MDA file?

Full format name of files that use MDA extension is Access Add-in. Access Add-in format was developed by Microsoft. MDA file format is compatible with software that can be installed on Windows system platform. MDA file format, along with 140 other file formats, belongs to the Plugin Files category. The most popular program for handling MDA files is Microsoft Access, but users can choose among 1 different programs that support this file format. Microsoft Access software was developed by Microsoft Corporation, and on its official website you may find more information about MDA files or the Microsoft Access software program.

Programs which support MDA file extension

The following listing features MDA-compatible programs. MDA files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.

Programs that support MDA file

How to open file with MDA extension?

Problems with accessing MDA may be due to various reasons. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Access Add-in files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. We have prepared a listing of which will help you resolve your problems with MDA files.

Step 1. Install Microsoft Access software

The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening MDA files is that no program that can handle MDA files is installed on user’s system. The most obvious solution is to download and install Microsoft Access or one to the listed programs: Microsoft Office. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support MDA files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit Microsoft Access website and download the installer.

Step 2. Update Microsoft Access to the latest version

If you already have Microsoft Access installed on your systems and MDA files are still not opened properly, check if you have the latest version of the software. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. The reason that Microsoft Access cannot handle files with MDA may be that the software is outdated. The most recent version of Microsoft Access is backward compatible and can handle file formats supported by older versions of the software.

Step 3. Set the default application to open MDA files to Microsoft Access

After installing Microsoft Access (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open MDA files. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Clicking the MDA with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Next, select the Choose another app option and then using More apps open the list of available applications
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where Microsoft Access is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open MDA files and clicking OK.

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • Right-click the MDA file and select Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with MDA extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Check the MDA for errors

You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper MDA file. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.

1. Check the MDA file for viruses or malware

If the MDA is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the scanner detected that the MDA file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

2. Ensure the file with MDA extension is complete and error-free

If you obtained the problematic MDA file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. If the MDA file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the Access Add-in file.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open Microsoft Access

If the systems has insufficient resources to open MDA files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.

5. Ensure that you have the latest drivers and system updates and patches installed

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with Access Add-in file. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle MDA files.

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