ACC: "Object Invalid or No Longer Set" Error Using CurrentDb

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SYMPTOMS

When you refer to properties and methods belonging to objects created with the CurrentDb function, you may receive the following error message:
Object invalid or no longer set.
This article assumes that you are familiar with Visual Basic for Applications and with creating Microsoft Access applications using the programming tools provided with Microsoft Access. For more information about Visual Basic for Applications, please refer to your version of the "Building Applications with Microsoft Access" manual.

CAUSE

When you set an object variable, such as a TableDef object, which requires a reference to a database object, your code refers directly to the CurrentDb function instead of referring to a database object variable that you set with the CurrentDb function.

RESOLUTION

Create a database object variable in your code that refers to the CurrentDb function, rather than using the CurrentDb function directly in Set statements to create other objects, as in the following example:
  1. Start Microsoft Access and open the sample database Northwind.mdb.
  2. Create a module and type the following procedure:
          Sub CurrentDbSuccess()
             Dim db As Database
             Dim td As TableDef
             Set db = CurrentDb()
             Set td = db.TableDefs("Customers")
             MsgBox td.Name
          End Sub
    					
  3. To test this procedure, type the following line in the Debug window, and then press ENTER:
    CurrentDbSuccess
    Note that you receive the message "Customers" indicating the name of the Customers table.

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Steps to Reproduce Behavior

The following example attempts to use the CurrentDb function to return a pointer to the database that is currently open in Microsoft Access. Because the code does not assign that database to an object variable, the pointer returned by the CurrentDb function is temporary and becomes invalid after the TableDef object is set. Consequently, any later references in your code to the TableDef object variable will result in an error.

  1. Start Microsoft Access and open the sample database Northwind.mdb.
  2. Create a module and type the following procedure:
          Sub CurrentDbFail()
             Dim td As TableDef
             Set td = CurrentDb.TableDefs("Customers")
             MsgBox td.Name
          End Sub
    					
  3. To test this procedure, type the following line in the Debug window, and then press ENTER:
    CurrentDbFail
    Note that you receive the error "Object invalid or not set."

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Article ID: 167173 - Last Review: January 19, 2007 - Revision: 3.3
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Access 95 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Access 97 Standard Edition
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