You may receive a "Cannot update. Database or object is read-only" error message when you use the TransferSpreadsheet action

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Moderate: Requires basic macro, coding, and interoperability skills.

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When you run a macro that uses the TransferSpreadsheet action to export a table or query to the Microsoft Excel file format, you receive the following error message:
Cannot update. Database or object is read-only.


This error message occurs when one of the following conditions is true:
  • The file name is surrounded with quotation marks, for example "C:\Employees.xls".
  • A carriage return/line feed (CTRL+ENTER) is at the end of the file name in the FileName property.


To avoid this error message, when you set the FileName property, insert only the path to the file that you want to export. Do not surround the path with quotation marks or end the line with a carriage return/line feed.


Steps to Reproduce the Behavior

  1. On the Help menu, point to Sample Databases, and then click Northwind Sample Database.
  2. Create a new macro called TestOutput as follows:
       Action: Transferspreadsheet
       Transfer Type: Export
       Spreadsheet Type: Microsoft Excel 8-10
       Table Name: Employees
       File Name: C:\Employees.xls (insert a carriage return/line feed at the 
                  end of this line by pressing CTRL+ENTER)
       Has field names: No


For additional information about another cause of this error message, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
295200 ACC2002: "Cannot Update. Database or Object Is Read-Only" Error When You Convert an Uncompiled, Read-only Database


Article ID: 304146 - Last Review: January 31, 2007 - Revision: 5.3
  • Microsoft Office Access 2003
  • Microsoft Access 2002 Standard Edition
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