A FoodWorks database is a repository for the work you do in FoodWorks. The FoodWorks window looks onto an open database. You store your documents in folders within a database. The Navigation Pane on the left shows the contents (documents and folders) within the database.
You can create new databases. Each database is self-contained and has its own properties.The name of the open database is shown at the top of the FoodWorks window as FoodWorks [database name].
The types of database available to you depend on your license. See Which edition of FoodWorks am I using?.
When you create a database, you choose the type of database you want, for example, a database for dietary analysis or a database for nutrition labelling. This determines its initial properties. The online help is specific to the type of database you open because the tasks that you perform vary depending on the type of database.
You can modify the properties for the open database in the Database Properties dialog. See Overview - Setting database properties.
For each database, you can specify the data sources (food composition tables) from which you want to select foods and ingredients. You can also publish a FoodWorks database as a data source for other FoodWorks users. For more information on data sources, see What is a datasource?.
Your FoodWorks database can be stored as a single file on your computer with the extension .fwb. To check the location of a database, on the File menu, click Database Properties and click the General tab.