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This article applies to a Microsoft Access database (.mdb) and to a Microsoft Access project (.adp).
For a Microsoft Access 2002 and Access 2003 version of this article, see 286335.
This article lists words and symbols that you should not use in field, object, and variable names because they are "reserved words." Reserved words have a specific meaning to Microsoft Access or to the Microsoft Jet database engine. If you use a reserved word or symbol, you may receive an error such as the following:
The wizard was unable to preview your report, possibly because a table needed by your report is exclusively locked.
For existing objects with names that contain reserved words, you can avoid errors by surrounding the object name with brackets ([ ]).
Because it is not practical to provide a list of all reserved words, such as built-in function names or Microsoft Access user-defined names, please check your product documentation for additional reserved words. Note that if you set a reference to a type library, an object library, or an ActiveX control, that library's reserved words are also reserved words in your database. For example, if you add an ActiveX control to a form, a reference is set, and the names of the objects, methods, and properties of that control become reserved words in your database.
-A ADD ALL Alphanumeric ALTER AND ANY Application AS ASC Assistant AUTOINCREMENT Avg-B BETWEEN BINARY BIT BOOLEAN BY BYTE-C CHAR, CHARACTER COLUMN CompactDatabase CONSTRAINT Container Count COUNTER CREATE CreateDatabase CreateField CreateGroup CreateIndex CreateObject CreateProperty CreateRelation CreateTableDef CreateUser CreateWorkspace CURRENCY CurrentUser-D DATABASE DATE DATETIME DELETE DESC Description DISALLOW DISTINCT DISTINCTROW Document DOUBLE DROP-E Echo Else End Eqv Error EXISTS Exit-F FALSE Field, Fields FillCache FLOAT, FLOAT4, FLOAT8 FOREIGN Form, Forms FROM Full FUNCTION-G GENERAL GetObject GetOption GotoPage GROUP GROUP BY GUID-H HAVING-I Idle IEEEDOUBLE, IEEESINGLE If IGNORE Imp IN INDEX Index, Indexes INNER INSERT InsertText INT, INTEGER, INTEGER1, INTEGER2, INTEGER4 INTO IS-J JOIN-K KEY-L LastModified LEFT Level Like LOGICAL, LOGICAL1 LONG, LONGBINARY, LONGTEXT
-M Macro Match Max, Min, Mod MEMO Module MONEY Move-N NAME NewPassword NO Not NULL NUMBER, NUMERIC-O Object OLEOBJECT OFF ON OpenRecordset OPTION OR ORDER Orientation Outer OWNERACCESS-P Parameter PARAMETERS Partial PERCENT PIVOT PRIMARY PROCEDURE Property-Q Queries Query Quit-R REAL Recalc Recordset REFERENCES Refresh RefreshLink RegisterDatabase Relation Repaint RepairDatabase Report Reports Requery RIGHT-S SCREEN SECTION SELECT) SET SetFocus SetOption SHORT SINGLE SMALLINT SOME SQL StDev, StDevP STRING Sum-T TABLE TableDef, TableDefs TableID TEXT TIME, TIMESTAMP TOP TRANSFORM TRUE Type-U UNION UNIQUE UPDATE User-V VALUE VALUES Var, VarP VARBINARY, VARCHAR-W WHERE WITH Workspace-X Xor-Y Year YES YESNO
The following symbols must not be used as part of a field name or as part of an object name:
. / * : ! # & - ? ; " ' $
For more information about reserved words, search the Help Index for "reserved words."