ACC2000: "Object Invalid or No Longer Set" Error with 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.

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

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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 Access and open the sample database Northwind.mdb.
  2. Create a module and type the following procedure:
    Sub CurrentDbSuccess()
       Dim db As DAO.Database
       Dim td As DAO.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 Access and open the sample database Northwind.mdb.
  2. Create a module and type the following procedure:
    Sub CurrentDbFail()
       Dim td As DAO.TableDef
       Set td = CurrentDb.TableDefs("Customers")
       MsgBox td.Name
    End Sub
    
    					
  3. To test this procedure, type the following line in the Immediate window, and then press ENTER:
    CurrentDbFail
    					
Note you receive the error described in the Symptoms section of this article

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Article ID: 200592 - Last Review: June 23, 2005 - Revision: 2.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Access 2000 Standard Edition
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