Reserved words in Microsoft Access 97

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SUMMARY

This article lists words and symbols that should be avoided in field, object, and variable names because they are "reserved words," words that have a specific meaning to Microsoft Access or the Microsoft Jet database engine. If you use a reserved word or symbol, you may receive an error such as the following:
The wizard was unable to preview your report, possibly because a table needed by your report is exclusively locked.

For existing objects with names that contain reserved words, you can avoid errors by surrounding the object name with brackets.

MORE INFORMATION

These words are reserved in all versions except where noted otherwise. Because it is not practical to provide a list of all reserved words, such as built-in function names or Microsoft Access user-defined names, please check your product documentation for additional reserved words. Note that if you set a reference to a type library, an object library, or an ActiveX control, that library's reserved words are also reserved words in your database. For example, if you add an ActiveX control to a form, a reference is set and the names of the objects, methods, and properties of that control become reserved words in your database.

-A
    ADD
    ALL
    Alphanumeric
    ALTER
    AND
    ANY 
    Application
    AS
    ASC
    Assistant
    AUTOINCREMENT
    Avg
-B
    BETWEEN
    BINARY
    BIT
    BOOLEAN
    BY
    BYTE
-C
    CHAR, CHARACTER
    COLUMN
    CompactDatabase 
    CONSTRAINT
    Container 
    Count
    COUNTER 
    CREATE
    CreateDatabase  
    CreateField 
    CreateGroup 
    CreateIndex
    CreateObject  
    CreateProperty 
    CreateRelation 
    CreateTableDef 
    CreateUser 
    CreateWorkspace 
    CURRENCY
    CurrentUser 
-D
    DATABASE 
    DATE 
    DATETIME
    DELETE
    DESC
    Description
    DISALLOW
    DISTINCT
    DISTINCTROW
    Document
    DOUBLE
    DROP
-E
    Echo 
    Else
    End
    Eqv
    Error
    EXISTS 
    Exit
-F
    FALSE
    Field, Fields 
    FillCache
    FLOAT, FLOAT4, FLOAT8
    FOREIGN 
    Form, Forms
    FROM
    Full
    FUNCTION
-G
    GENERAL
    GetObject 
    GetOption 
    GotoPage
    GROUP 
    GROUP BY
    GUID (7.0, 97)
-H
    HAVING
-I
    Idle 
    IEEEDOUBLE, IEEESINGLE
    If
    IGNORE 
    Imp
    IN
    INDEX
    Index, Indexes 
    INNER
    INSERT
    InsertText 
    INT, INTEGER, INTEGER1, INTEGER2, INTEGER4
    INTO
    IS
-J
    JOIN
-K
    KEY 
-L
    LastModified
    LEFT
    Level
    Like
    LOGICAL, LOGICAL1
    LONG, LONGBINARY, LONGTEXT
-M
    Macro
    Match
    Max, Min, Mod
    MEMO
    Module
    MONEY
    Move 
-N
    NAME 
    NewPassword 
    NO
    Not
    NULL
    NUMBER, NUMERIC
-O
    Object
    OLEOBJECT 
    OFF
    ON
    OpenRecordset 
    OPTION
    OR
    ORDER
    Outer
    OWNERACCESS
-P
    Parameter 
    PARAMETERS
    Partial 
    PERCENT 
    PIVOT
    PRIMARY
    PROCEDURE
    Property 
-Q
    Queries
    Query
    Quit 
-R
    REAL
    Recalc
    Recordset 
    REFERENCES
    Refresh
    RefreshLink 
    RegisterDatabase 
    Relation 
    Repaint 
    RepairDatabase
    Report
    Reports
    Requery
    RIGHT
-S
    SCREEN
    SECTION
    SELECT 
    SET
    SetFocus 
    SetOption 
    SHORT
    SINGLE 
    SMALLINT 
    SOME 
    SQL
    StDev, StDevP
    STRING
    Sum
-T
    TABLE
    TableDef, TableDefs 
    TableID
    TEXT
    TIME, TIMESTAMP 
    TOP 
    TRANSFORM
    TRUE
    Type
-U
    UNION
    UNIQUE
    UPDATE
    User
-V
    VALUE
    VALUES 
    Var, VarP
    VARBINARY, VARCHAR 
-W
    WHERE
    WITH
    Workspace 
-X
    Xor
-Y
    Year
    YES
    YESNO 
				

The following symbols should not be used as part of a field name:
   .
   / 
   *
   :
   !
   #
   &
   -
				

REFERENCES

For more information about reserved words, search the Help Index for "reserved words."

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Article ID: 109312 - Last Review: January 18, 2007 - Revision: 3.1
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Access 97 Standard Edition
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