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You can use the SingleStep macro action in Access desktop databases to pause macro execution and open the Macro Single Step dialog box.


The SingleStep macro action does not have any arguments.


  • Use the SingleStep action to troubleshoot a macro that is not working properly. You can add the SingleStep action to a macro just before an action that you suspect may be the cause of the problem. The action pauses the macro and opens the Macro Single Step dialog box. This dialog box displays information about the current macro action, such as the macro name, any specified conditions, the action name, arguments, and the error number, if applicable. In the dialog box, you can click Step to advance to the next macro action, Stop All Macros to stop the current macro and any other macros that are running, or Continue to stop single stepping and resume normal operation of the macro.

  • The SingleStep action has a similar effect to clicking Single Step in the Tools group on the Design tab of the macro window. The difference between doing this and running the SingleStep action is that by running the action, you can place the action in the macro exactly where you want single stepping to begin. That way, you don't have to step through all the previous actions to get to the one you want to examine. On the other hand, when you click Single Step in the macro window, you must do so before running the macro. In that case, single stepping begins at the first action in the macro.

Note: If you single-step all the way to the end of a macro without clicking Continue, single stepping will still be in effect when the macro ends. Any subsequent macro you run will start in single step mode. To turn off single stepping, either click Continue in the Macro Single Step dialog box, or, with a macro open in Design view, on the Design tab, in the Tools group, click Single Step so that it is no longer selected.

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