Use the Provider tab to select the appropriate OLE DB provider for the type of data you want to access. Not all applications allow you to specify a provider or modify the current selection; this tab is displayed only if your application allows the OLE DB provider selection to be edited. You can save a data link with the application itself or as a separate file.

Option Description

OLE DB Provider(s)

Lists all OLE DB providers detected on your computer. For more information about providers, see Microsoft OLE DB Providers Overview on MSDN.


Opens the Connection tab for the selected OLE DB provider.


You can navigate directly to the Connection tab by double-clicking the desired provider. For more information about Data Links, see the Data Link API Overview on MSDN.