This article applies only to a Microsoft Access database (.mdb).
- The database has not been closed since the tables were deleted.
- The database has not been compacted since the the tables were deleted.
- The tables were deleted using the Microsoft Access user interface.
Note These steps assume that you are creating the sample function for future use. If instead you are adding the code directly to a database in which tables have been deleted, skip step 1. If you closed Microsoft Access or the database where you deleted tables, you cannot recover the deleted tables by using this function.
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NOTE: The sample code in this article uses Microsoft Data Access Objects. For this code to run properly, you must reference the Microsoft DAO 3.6 Object Library. To do so, click References on the Tools menu in the Visual Basic Editor, and make sure that the Microsoft DAO 3.6 Object Library check box is selected.
- Open your database in Microsoft Access.
- In the Database window, click Modules under Objects, and then click New.
- Type or paste the following code in the module that you have just created:
On Error GoTo ExitHere
Dim db As DAO.Database
Dim strTableName As String
Dim strSQL As String
Dim intCount As Integer
Dim blnRestored As Boolean
Set db = CurrentDb()
For intCount = 0 To db.TableDefs.Count - 1
strTableName = db.TableDefs(intCount).Name
If Left(strTableName, 4) = "~tmp" Then
strSQL = "SELECT DISTINCTROW [" & strTableName & "].* INTO " & Mid(strTableName, 5) & " FROM [" & strTableName & "];"
MsgBox "A deleted table has been restored, using the name '" & Mid(strTableName, 5) & "'", vbOKOnly, "Restored"
blnRestored = True
If blnRestored = False Then
MsgBox "No recoverable tables found", vbOKOnly
Set db = Nothing
- On the Debug menu, click Compile database name.
- Save the Module as RecoverTable. To test this function, first create two tables, add rows, and then delete these two tables.
- Type the following line in the Immediate window, and then press ENTER:
Article ID: 209874 - Last Review: Oct 30, 2008 - Revision: 1