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Changing Access Table Properties in Linked Databases

Changing Access Table Properties in Linked Databases

Changing Access Table Properties in Linked Databases

(OP)
We have a rather large access 2003 database.  Recently we've been having an issue with a field on multiple forms.  The error is: The field is too small to accept the amount of data you attempted to add.  I've looked at the underlaying tables and in two tables the record identifier "CLSiteCode" is set at a length of 50.  In two other tables it is set at a length of 26.  Now the tables are linked and cannot be modified, so I went to the Relationships view and it won't let me remove the links because you can't delete a relationship inherited from a linked database.  I found the corresponding tables in the linked database, but they want a save as when changed.  How do I fix this?  I did not create this behemoth either, I just inherited it.

Thank you for any help!
Evil8  
 

RE: Changing Access Table Properties in Linked Databases

I expect you need to open the back-end database exclusively so you can make changes.

Duane
Hook'D on Access
MS Access MVP

RE: Changing Access Table Properties in Linked Databases

(OP)
dhookom - yes that worked.  Actually I had to copy the back-end database to my workstation make the changes, wait until this morning to rename the original to -old and copy back the corrected one.  Initial testing indicates this was the correct solution.  Thanks much, sometimes I over think the problem!

RE: Changing Access Table Properties in Linked Databases

Good glad to see it worked, It just waiting till no one is aaround (hopping no one left it open overnight) Maybe think about timed logout.

Never give up never give in.

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RE: Changing Access Table Properties in Linked Databases

you can write code to modify back end databases (tables /fields etc)

very useful because you don't even need to be using the same access version. its just DAO code.

RE: Changing Access Table Properties in Linked Databases

(OP)
Thanks, gemmathehusky. I wouldn't be very comfortable trying to write DAO code for this particular database, cuz I know only enough to be dangerous.  lol.  I've done a little with Excel and just a touch with Outlook, but so far that's it.

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