This article shows you how to create a sample Visual Basic for Applications
function that you can use to recover a table deleted from a Microsoft Access for Windows 95 and Microsoft Access 97 database under the following conditions:
- The database has not been closed since the deletion of the table.
- The database has not been compacted since the deletion of the table.
- The table was deleted using the Microsoft Access user interface.
NOTE: If multiple tables have inadvertently been deleted, this function
recovers only the last table that was deleted. The other tables are lost.
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The following sample function recovers the last table deleted within a
Microsoft Access database. To create the sample function, follow these
NOTE: These steps assume that you are creating the sample function for
future use. If instead you are adding the code directly to a database in
which a table has recently been deleted, skip step 1, because if you have
closed Microsoft Access or the database, the deleted table is not
- Open your database in Microsoft Access.
- In the Database window, click the Modules tab, and then click New.
- Type or paste the following code in the module that you have just
NOTE: In the following sample code, an underscore (_) at the end of a
line is used as a line-continuation character indicates that the code
continues from one line to the next. You can type lines that contain
this character as one logical line or you can divide the lines of code
and include the line continuation character. For additional
information refer to the Microsoft Access 97 Readme File(Acread80.wri).
This file is installed by default in the C:\Program Files\Microsoft
Dim db As Database, strTablename As String
Dim i As Integer, StrSqlString As String
Set db = CurrentDb()
For i = 0 To db.TableDefs.Count - 1
If Left(db.TableDefs(i).Name, 4) = "~tmp" Then
strTablename = db.TableDefs(i).Name
StrSqlString = "SELECT DISTINCTROW [" & strTablename & _
"].* INTO MyUndeletedTable FROM [" & strTablename & "];"
MsgBox "A table has been restored as MyUndeletedTable", _
MsgBox "No Recoverable Tables Found", vbOKOnly, "Not Found"
Set db = Nothing
- On the Debug menu, click "Compile and Save All Modules" (or in Microsoft
Access for Windows 95, on the Run menu click "Compile All Modules"; then
on the File menu, click "Save All Modules").
- Save the Module as RecoverTable.
To test this function, type the following line in the Debug window,
and then press ENTER:
For more information about TableDefs, search the Help Index for "Tabledef
Article ID: 179161 - Last Review: January 22, 2007 - Revision: 4.3
- Microsoft Access 95 Standard Edition
- Microsoft Access 97 Standard Edition
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