How to Stop an .MDB from Executing

11-17-2005, 05:51 PM
I am not experienced at all with building an MSAccess Application.

I have built TONS of MSAccess databases, which are then manipulated with VB programs.

So... I am trying to determine how to modify an application obtained from ????
for a client.

The application is a MSAccess Database, which when you dbl-click on it,
it starts up Access, then shows you a Screen/form, and expects you to "do your thing".

How can I stop it from starting up so I can review the forms, modules, tables, etc, etc, so I can get an idea of just what this thing consists of. ????

My client's predecessor got this app from some guy... no-one knows who or where from.
So now he wants to "improve" it, or at least look at what we can do.

Thanks for any help

11-17-2005, 06:23 PM
Normally holding down "Shift" when you open it prevents the startup objects. Hopefully that will do it...

11-17-2005, 07:03 PM
Wow... thanks so much... that sure does the trick.

But now I have another "problem".....

When I view some of the objects, I can see them...
but others give me an error messge "File not found"... or "system error".

Now, I know this app has the central database stored on a server,
and I suspect that some of these forms are tied to the database,
which doesn't exist in my particular case.

How can I find which module/object, or whatever actually starts
up with this app,
and, how do I find out where it tells the app where the database resides ???

Sorry to be a pain... I am really not experienced with MSAccess Apps at all....
just databases.


11-17-2005, 08:50 PM
I think just tables and queries can be linked. Normally they have a different icon that separates them from the rest of the objects.

You can also use the Linked Tools manager from the Tools menu to try and get a full list. (I have 2003 and can't remember what version they added this feature in...)

The Startup option from the tools menu will tell you what the startup object is.

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