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Alternative to Attachment field

Alternative to Attachment field

Alternative to Attachment field


My client uses a Jobs table with attachment field to store JPG scanned images of the work being done, maybe as many as 8 images. The backend database containing the table is growing rapidly, already up to 0.75GB and likely to go on growing at the same rate.

Instead is there a way to store just the links to each image and allow the client to display them as needed, preferably full screen. That would reduce the size of the backend dramatically.

I started out along the lines of trying to archive non-current records but ran into the fact that Access can't append attachment fields.

RE: Alternative to Attachment field

I typically store the path to the images. If all the images are in the same folder, I might store the path to the folder in a table and then only store the unique path\file.jpg in the table of images. There are lots of examples on the web regarding how to display the images in a form or report.

Hook'D on Access
MS Access MVP

RE: Alternative to Attachment field


Thanks Duane. I've done this for my own use but my client would probably find it tedious to have to find the file location and paste it in, compared with the convenience of using an Attachment field.

Would it be possible to create some sort of browse facility so she could steer to where the images are stored, then select and add to the field containing the link? You may have indicated this in your answer but I didn't understand by 'store the path to the folder in a table and then only store the unique path\file.jpg in the table of images'.

RE: Alternative to Attachment field


Thanks Duane, you're continuing help is much appreciated. I found a good solution in TheAceMan1's contribution to this post


This does what I want and allows selection of a file then creation of a link to it in a text box. To make the link work I had to adapt the call to say

me.Textboxname = Browsefiles()
me.Textboxname = me.Textboxname & "#" & me.Textboxname & "#"

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