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Old February 19th, 2006, 11:19 PM
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I'm relatively new to Access and have never done VBA before. But my needs are not complex so I wasn't anticipating serious difficulties and the Wrox Access 2003 VBA Programmer's Reference seemed more than adequate for my needs.

I've built a test database just to get the basics working (doing some additional processing on data that comes from a query and gets returned to a form) and that went well.

But when I started to work in my existing database I find that VBA no longer recognizes much of anything related to databases. Specifically the following will not compile.

Option Compare Database
Option Explicit

Private Sub TestIt()
Dim qName As String
Dim dbs As Database

Debug.Print "Got to here"

End Sub

Compilation fails on the Dim dbs statement as the compiler thinks that it is a user-defined type (not defined hence the failure). I also noticed that when I type the 'Dim dbs as ..' statement the VBA editor pulldown does NOT contain 'Database'. It is like I have issued some kind of "Database Off" compiler directive somehow.

There must be a simple fix but I'm not sure where to look.


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Hi Dave,

I ran into this one yesterday. To connect to the database you can use either ADO or DAO technology. From what I understand DAO is the older technology and is being phased out slowly. It appears that your program is using DAO and so to use it, you need to point Access to the right reference file - this is the same type of thing as import or include statements in Java, C++ or other languages.

To do this, go into the VBA editor, go up to Tools, References and then find Microsoft DAO 3.9 or something like it, and check it. After this, your program should work.

Hope that helps,


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Mike, that did the trick. Thanks so very much!


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