The follow is a compendium of Access routines, each separated into its own database. Each database illustrates one or more possible solutions to a single problem. They are not intended to be fully functioning utilities, but rather an illustration of how the problem might be solved and are therefore intended for educational use. These routines are entirely free. You may use them anywhere and in any way you choose, with or without citation. Therefore, you agree to use them at your own risk. There is no warranty implied and I am not responsible for any damages that might result from their use.
Note: Files designated "Access 2000 DAO" use the DAO data model and require a reference to DAO set in Access versions 2000 and 2002 (XP). Files designated "Access 2000 ADO" do not require this reference, but may need a reference to ADOX set. Files designated "Access 2000" do not use a data model.
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This sample demonstrates how to append data from a database to an Excel spreadsheet using Office Automation to find the next empty row in the spreadsheet.
- AutomatingPowerpoint.mdb ( intermediate )
A simple example of automating the creation of a Powerpoint Presentation from Access.
- AutomatingWordFromAccess.mdb ( advanced)
This sample demonstrates how to create a Microsoft Word document from information stored in a database and charts stored in an Excel spreadsheet.
- EmailingSpecificReports.mdb ( advanced )
This illustrates how to email the same report with different data to a variety of users.
- ExportToExcel.mdb ( intermediate )
This sample demonstrates how to export data from a database using the TransferSpreadsheet method, but have the data populate a formatted spreadsheet. The trick here is to export the data to a NEW tab in the Excel workbook and link the fields from the new tab into the formatted spreadsheet.
- ExportToExcelCharts.mdb ( intermediate )
Sample with Documentation. This sample demonstrates how to export data from a database using the TransferSpreadsheet method, but have the data populate a Chart. The trick here is to export the data to a NEW tab in the Excel workbook and link the fields from the new tab into the chart.
- RunRemoteMacro.mdb ( intermediate )
This sample illustrates how to run a macro in a remote database to automate a process.
- ConvertDateTimeToFormattedString.mdb ( intermediate )
This sample shows how to calculate the difference between two times and display the result in 'xx days, xx hours, xx minutes' format.
- DateStuff.mdb ( intermediate )
This example illustrates how to do a variety of date calculations like: First day of Month, Last Day of Month, First Day of Next Month, First Day of Current Week, Last Day of Current Week, First Day of Current Work Week, Last Day of Current Work Week.
- VacationUsed.mdb (beginner)
This sample illustrates one way to dynamically calculate Vacation Days Available.
- YearsMonthsDays.mdb ( intermediate )
A variety of functions created by different developer's to calculate the difference between two dates, which can also be used for Age Calculations. Some work in some situations and not in others. You'll have to decide which is best.
- CascadingComboBoxes.mdb ( beginner )
This sample illustrates how to restrict the value of one combo box based on the value of another.
- CascadingComboInSubform.mdb ( intermediate )
Illustrates how to use Cascading Comboboxes in a continuous subform.
- ChangingColorFields.mdb ( Access 97 Only)
This sample illustrates how to change the color of a control on a form based on information in the form. In this case, if Check 14 checkbox is checked then the values of Desc will be red, otherwise it will be blue. Access 97 ONLY. For higher versions (Access 2000+) see my sample ConditionalFormatting.mdb.
- ComboChoosesRecord.mdb ( beginner )
This illustrates how to have a combo box in which you can choose a value and have that record appear in the form.
- ConditionalFormatting.mdb ( beginner )
This sample illustrates how to change the color of a control on a form based on information in the form. In this case, if Check 14 checkbox is checked then the values of Desc will be red, otherwise it will be blue. This does not work with Access 97 and earlier. For those, see my sample ChangingColorFields.mdb.
- ContinuousFormWithNewRecordOnTop.mdb ( intermediate )
This sample illustrates two ways to have a continous form with the new record on top. The first method uses unbound controls in the header of the form and the second uses a bound subform set to Data Entry.
- CurrentTab.mdb ( beginner )
This form illustrates how to programmatically scroll between tabs of a tab control on a form. See the code behind the buttons for details.
- FormSubform.mdb ( beginner )
This form illustrates how to use Domain functions to do a variety of tasks in a Form/Subform situation.
- ImplementingM2MRelationship.mdb ( beginner )
This example illustrates two different methods of implementing in a form a Many-to-Many relationship that has been resolved by a linking table.
- ImproveFormPerformance.mdb ( intermediate )
One way to improve the performance of a form that is bound to a LARGE dataset is to split the data into smaller chunks. This form uses the "Phonebook" method to do that. Click one of the 27 buttons at the top and the form will show you only those records in the table that start with the corresponding letter.
- LinkTables.mdb ( intermediate )
This example illustrates how to programmatically link tables from a users designated database.
- LinkTextFiles.mdb ( intermediate )
This sample illustrates how to programmatically link TEXT files to your database.
- ListBoxExcludeOnClick.mdb ( intermediate )
This sample illustrates two ways to remove a value from a bound list box after it has been selected (double-clicked).
- ListBoxSetTableValue.mdb ( intermediate )
This sample illustrates how to use a list box to update a "Selected" field in a table and also read which items are selected in the table and set those list box items to True.
- ListBoxSorting.mdb ( intermediate )
This sample database show various ways of sorting a listbox by clicking on the header of each column.
- ListboxSubform.mdb ( intermediate )
This sample illustrates use a list box to simulate a simple subform. The user can either double-click the listbox or click the edit button. Then a popup form appears which allows him to select multiple values. These values are written to a separate tab.
- MoveList1.mdb ( intermediate )
This example illustrates how to move values between list boxes much like many of the Access wizards.
- Movelist2.mdb ( intermediate )
Illustrates how to move values between multi-select list boxes much like many of the Access wizards.
- MoveUpDownList.mdb ( intermediate )
This sample illustrates how to make items in an unbound listbox move up and down in the list.
- MoveUpDownSubform.mdb ( intermediate )
This form illustrates how to make items in a bound subform move up and down in the form.
- MultiColumnListBox.mdb ( beginner )
Access Listboxes do not allow multiple columns that 'snake'. In order to build the funtionality, you must use multiple listboxes. This sample shows how.
- MultiSelect.mdb ( intermediate )
Form illustrates two methods how to write values selected in a multi-select list box into a table.
- MultiSelectListboxes.mdb ( intermediate )
Illustrates how to perform a number of operations involving multi-select listboxes. Including: 1) Select/Unselect all values, 2) Illustrate two methods to read values, 3) Create a query based on selected values, 4) Simulate a "bound" multi-select listbox.
- MultiSelectProblem.mdb ( Access 97 Only )
There are two methods of moving data from a multi-list select box. This form illustrates why the ItemsSelected collection is not reliable in Access 97.
- NotInList.mdb ( intermediate )
This sample illustrates a variety of ways to use the NotInList event of a combo box.
- NotInListAlternatives.mdb ( intermediate )
This sample illustrates several methods other than Not In List to add new records to a combo box that is Limited to the List.
- NumberPad.mdb ( beginner )
This sample shows how to create a number pad for inputting a Social Security Number.
- OpenArgs.mdb ( intermediate )
This application illustrates how to use OpenArgs to solve a variety of problems.
- OrderListBox.mdb ( intermediate )
This sample shows how to make a listbox reorder by clicking on the column header. It also shows how to use the same button to sort ASC or DESC
- "Other"Problem.mdb ( advanced )
This example shows one method of handling the situation where the user wants a combo box to pick from, but also wants to have an "Other" category where they can add free-text qualifying the "Other".
- ReallyBadDesignDecisions.doc ( beginner )
Document with Sample Databases. Case study of a really bad database design based on the assumption that the paper form should determine the database design. This ZIP file contains two databases: "ReallyBadDatabase.mdb" and "ReallyBadDatabaseReborn.mdb".
- RecordNavigation.mdb ( intermediate )
This form illustrates how to exactly duplicate the actions of the default record navigation buttons including the RecordNumber Of TotalRecords feature.
- SettingLabels.mdb ( intermediate )
This form gets the values of the labels from the Description of the Field in the table.
- SubForm3Levels.mdb ( advanced )
Access does not allow more than two levels of subforms. At times, however, your data model indicates the need for more levels. This is one way to implement a third level through the use of a list box.
- SubformInContinuousForm.mdb ( beginner )
The problem is that Access doesn't allow a subform to be embedded on a Continuous Form. The following is one solution.
- SubformReference.mdb ( Beginner )
This sample illustrates how to reference controls on subforms and subsubForms. It also illustrates how to set the focus to these controls.
- SynchronizedSubforms.mdb (beginner)
This sample illustrates how to keep two subforms synchronized with each other on a main form. The code that accomplishes this is behind the two subforms.
- UIDesign.mdb ( intermediate )
Shows a variety of samples of good and bad User Interface design techniques.
- Unbound.mdb ( intermediate )
This form illustrates how to use UNBOUND controls to add, delete, and edit records in a table using the DAO add/edit/update methods.
- UnboundSQL.mdb ( intermediate )
This form illustrates how to use UNBOUND controls to add, delete, and edit records in a table using SQL statements, rather than the DAO add/edit/update methods.
- CreateTableFromLinked.mdb ( intermediate )
This sample illustrates how to create a native Access 2000 table from a linked Excel table. This process can be easily modified to do the same thing for linked Text or ODBC tables.
- ExportFormattedFixed.MDB ( intermediate )
This shows how to export to a fixed width text file programmatically.
- ImportHTML.mdb ( intermediate )
This sample illustrates how to use the LineInput statement to import text from a text file in an extremely unconventional format. The file is an HTML file, and the code searchs for the HTML tags to find specific information and puts that in a field.
- ImportLineInput.mdb ( intermediate )
This sample illustrates how to use the LineInput statement to import text from a text file with a mixed format. Each line of the file is a separate record, but is delimited in a variety of ways.
- ImportSpreadsheet.mdb ( intermediate )
This sample illustrates 3 things:
1) How to back up a database using the Compact Method,
2) Create a native Access 2000 table from a linked Excel table
3) Import data to an existing table.
- ImportToTempDatabase.mdb ( intermediate )
This illustrates how to programmatically create a database to hold a temp table for updating.
- OutputText.mdb ( intermediate )
This illustrates a simple way to precisely format data for text output.
- SeekWithLinkedTable.mdb ( intermediate )
It is usually said that the Seek method cannot be used with a linked table. This is true, it cannot. However, it WILL work if you open the table in the remote database explicitly with the OpenDatabase method. This sample illustrates how to do this.
- SQLDAOLoader.mdb ( advanced )
This sample shows how to modify the structure of a Back-End database using SQL DDL (data definition language) statements and DAO code. This sample does much the same as "SQLLoader.mdb", but does not require text files to hold the SQL.
- SQLLoader.mdb ( advanced )
This sample shows how to modify the structure of a Back-End database using SQL DDL (data definition language) statements. The actual code is found in the Back-end database (SQLLoaderBE.mdb).
- UpdateDirect.mdb ( intermediate )
This sample illustrates how to programmatically update a table directly from a text file.
- UpdateDirectFixed.mdb ( advanced )
This sample illustrates how to programmatically update a table directly from a FIXED WIDTH text file.
- UpdateImportSeekFind.mdb ( intermediate )
This sample illustrates how to programmatically update a table from a temp table.
- UpdateRemote.mdb ( advanced )
This sample illustrates how to run an update to a Back End (BE) database remotely for performance reasons.
- UpdateWStatus.mdb ( intermediate )
This database illustrates two things: 1) How to update a table programmatically with values from another table and 2) how to implement a pop-up status meter.
- Animation.mdb ( intermediate )
This sample shows how to implement a variety of simple animations in an Access Form.
- AutonumberProblem.mdb ( beginner )
This sample illustrates a number of ways to simulate your own Autonumber primary key.
- CreateDescriptionProperty.mdb ( intermediate )
This sample demonstrates how to create and modify the "Description" property of the following Database objects: Tables, Table Fields, Queries, Query Fields, Forms, Reports, Macros, and Modules.
- DAO.mdb ( beginner )
This database contains various examples of Data Definition Language (DDL) and Data Manipulation Language (DML) of both DAO and SQL.
- DataEntryMask.mdb ( beginner )
This sample illustrates a way to restrict what kind of characters are input into a textbox without using an input mask. This method checks the characters as they are typed and only allows legal characters.
Not an Access sample, but a useful Powerpoint template for creating ER Diagrams.
- FlatFileDemo.mdb ( beginner )
This example illustrates some of the difficulties inherent in bad (non-normalized) database design and how they can be corrected. It is not a formal tutorial on Normalization, rather it is a series of examples which allow you to demonstrate the kind of trouble that a non-normalized can produce. I use this example in my classes as an introduction to why you would want to normalize a database design.
- Ordinals.mdb ( intermediate )
Ordinals are ordered numbers: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th,...etc. This function shows how to add the correct suffix to any positive integer.
- Pictures.mdb ( beginner )
It is usually preferable NOT to store OLE objects like pictures in the table itself. It causes massive database bloat. The usual solution is to store the pictures as files on the hard drive and store the file name in the table.
- Snapshot.mdb (beginner)
It is usually preferable NOT to store OLE objects like snapshots in the table itself. It causes massive database bloat. The usual solution is to store the snapshots as files on the hard drive and store the file name in the table. This sample demonstrates how to to this.
- TwelveBalls.mdb ( beginner )
A fun problem in Nasty Nested IF statements
- ActionQueries.mdb (beginner)
Sample with Documentation. Illustrates simple Action (DML) queries.
- ActionQueriesInCode.mdb ( beginner )
Sample with Documentation. Illustrates how to suppress confirmation messages when running an Action query in VBA code.
- AmbiguousOuterJoins.doc ( beginner )
Document with sample database. Examines the Ambiguous Outer Join error.
- BeginDateEndDateQuery.mdb (beginner)
This sample illustrates how to create a query which displays the BeginDate and EndDate of a range based on a single EffectiveDate stored in the table. It is assumed that the Effective Date range of a record spans the time from the Effective date of the current record and the Effective Date of the NEXT record (minus 1). There are three methods shown here: Using a 1) correlated subquery, 2) DMax domain aggregate function, and 3) LEFT OUTER JOIN.
This sample shows how to display all the queries in your database in a listbox and run them with a button.
- CreateMultiSelectQuery.mdb ( intermediate )
This database illustrates how to create a query programmatically based on the selected values of a multi-select list box.
- CreateQueries2.mdb ( intermediate )
This database illustrates several examples of programmatically creating queries.
- CreateQueries3.mdb ( intermediate )
This form shows how to create a query programmatically from a form with option boxes.
- CreateQueries4.mdb ( advanced )
This form illustrates how to create a relatively flexible inter-active query facility for an end-user. It allows you to choose the table, then shows the fields available for that table and then values available for the fields.
- CreateQueries5.mdb ( advanced )
This set of samples illustrate how to create a flexible query generator for your users. It is similar to CreateQueries4.mdb, but no longer limits the query to 3 criteria.
- CreateQueryFields.mdb ( intermediate )
This sample illustrates how to programmatically create a query based on a table or another query and select only those fields that you want to see. It also has a form, which shows how to restrict the rows based on a criteria.
- Data Definition Language: SQL vs DAO
This sample (with full documentation) illustrates how to do a variety of DDL (Data Definition Language) operations using both SQL and DAO. DDL operations are those that modify the database structure, ie. tables, fields, indexes, and relationships.
- DaysBetweenQuery.mdb ( beginner )
This sample illustrates how to create a "Days Between" query, that is, display the difference between dates in subsquent records of a table.
- MaxQueryProblem.mdb ( beginner )
The Problem: You want to create a query which will return a MAX Date and the corresponding Amount, grouping them on the Customer Name.
- NumberedQuery.mdb ( beginner )
Sample with Documentation. This sample illustrates two different ways to create a query with a sequenced number column.
- ParaQueryDelete.mdb ( beginner )
Illustrates a couple of different ways to use Delete parameter queries from forms.
- ParaQuerySelect.mdb ( beginner )
This form illustrates how to send parameters to a parameter query via a form.
- PreviousDateQuery.mdb (beginner)
This sample illustrates how to create a Previous Date query. It shows how to:
1) Display the previous date in subsquent records of a table
2) Display the previous date in subsquent records of a table over a group.
- RandomRecords.mdb ( beginner )
This application shows how to return a specific number of random records from a table.
- RecreateTableInSQL.mdb ( advanced )
This sample will read the table structure of the table selected in the listbox and programmatically build a series SQL statements to recreate the table and all indexes. The SQL Statements are saved in a script file with a .sql extension.
- RemoveDuplicates.mdb ( beginner )
Illustrates a method for removing duplicate records from a table.
- ReturnSQLfromQuery.mdb ( beginner )
This sample demonstrates how to read the SQL statement from a saved query using the .SQL property of the querydef object.
This sample illustrates two different ways to create a "Rolling Average" query.
- RunningSumInQuery.mdb ( beginner )
Sample with Documentation. - This sample illustrates how to create a Running Sum in a query.
- SelfJoin.mdb ( intermediate )
Demonstrates a number of ways to use a Self-Join in Access.
- SubQuery.mdb ( beginner )
This sample illustrates how to use a Sub Query to return the Maximum value of a group and the values of the other fields associated with it.
- SubQueryInFROM.mdb ( beginner )
Demonstrates how to use a subquery in the FROM clause of a query.
- TooFewParameters.mdb ( beginner )
This sample illustrates two ways to open a DAO recordset based on a saved query with parameter values stored in a form.
Sample with Documentation.
- TopQuery.doc ( beginner )
Document with sample database. Illustrates issues involving the TOP predicate