"User-Defined Type Not Defined" Error Message Using DAO

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SYMPTOMS

When you run a Microsoft Excel Visual Basic for Applications subroutine using data access objects (DAO), you may receive one of the following compile errors:
Compile error:
User-Defined Type Not Defined
-or-
Sub or Function Not Defined

CAUSE

You may receive the error message when a subroutine contains code that uses the Microsoft DAO Object Library, and the library is not referenced.

RESOLUTION

In order to avoid the error message, perform the following steps.

Microsoft Excel 7.0

  1. Select a Module Sheet.
  2. On the Tools menu, click References.

    NOTE: It is necessary to be on a Module Sheet before you select the Tools menu because References is not available on the Tools menu on a worksheet, a dialog sheet, or a chart sheet.
  3. In the References dialog box, under Available References, click to select "Microsoft DAO 3.0 Object Library," and then click OK.

    If "Microsoft DAO 3.0 Object Library" is not listed in the list box under Available References, click Browse and look for the Dao3032.dll file. It should be located in:
           \Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Dao\Dao3032.dll
    						
    Select the file and click OK. This returns you to the References dialog box. Click OK.

Microsoft Excel 97 and Microsoft Excel 2000

  1. In the Visual Basic Editor, click References on the Tools menu.
  2. In the References dialog box, under Available References, select "Microsoft DAO 3.5 Object Library," and then click OK.

    If "Microsoft DAO 3.5 Object Library" is not listed in the list box under Available References, click Browse and look for the Dao350.dll file. It should be located in:
           \Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Dao\Dao350.dll
    						
    Select the file and click OK. This returns you to the References dialog box. Click OK.

MORE INFORMATION

When you run a subroutine using DAO, and the DAO Object Library is not referenced, you receive one of the messages list above, depending on what code is written. If your code declares variables, for example
   Dim Db as Database
   Dim Rs as Recordset
				
you receive the
User-Defined Type Not Defined
message, and the subroutine fails in the variable declaration section.

If you did not declare your variables, you receive the
Sub or Function Not Defined
error message, and the subroutine fails at the first use of a statement that requires the DAO Object Library. This line is usually:
   Set Db = Workspaces(0).OpenDatabase(Path, <optional arguments>)
				
In this case, the subroutine fails when it encounters "Workspaces."

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Article ID: 145759 - Last Review: October 11, 2006 - Revision: 1.5
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Excel 2000 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Excel 95 Standard Edition
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