At the start of this project, I wanted to run Paradox for DOS 4.0 in Windows XP. I had WinXP running in VMware Workstation 6.5. For a while, my old Paradox was running, but then, I don't know, something changed, and it no longer worked. Instead, I got an "Access denied" error inside the WinXP DOS (i.e., CMD, command) window whenever I tried to run Paradox. It was probably something I could have fixed easily in the old days, but I had not devoted much time to Paradox and DOS in recent years, and the solution looked like it would take more re-learning than I cared to do. My reason for wanting to use Paradox was to convert some old files to a current format, so I could view them as needed. Getting them into a current database format (e.g., Microsoft Access) would have been good, but most of them could just be archived as PDF reports, as far as I was concerned.
- Start PDV. In its General tab, it will show a list of DB files in the indicated folder.
- Select one of those files and switch to the Data tab.
- Right-click on the column titles to sort, exclude a column from viewing, etc.
- Highlight the records you want. If you want to highlight them all, Ctrl-A is an easy way.
- There are two ways to get the data into another program. You can copy (Ctrl-C) and paste (Ctrl-V) what you have highlighted, or you can click on the program's HTML File button and export to HTML, Text, Excel, or XML files or to the Clipboard. Copy and paste works with BLOB files (at least with text BLOBs), even though the contents of the BLOB field are not themselves visible onscreen from inside Paradox dBase Viewer.