New Access databases do not include reference to DAO object library in Access

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This article applies only to a Microsoft Access database (.mdb).

By default, a new Microsoft Access database does not reference the Microsoft DAO 3.6 Object Library. This is a change from versions of Access that are earlier than Access 2000.

If you run Visual Basic for Applications code that uses the Data Access Object (DAO) library in a new Access database, you receive an error message that is similar to the following:

Error message 1
Compile error:
User-defined type not defined.
Error message 2
Run-time error '424':
Object required.
Error message 3
Run time error '13':
Type mismatch
Developers who want to use the Data Access Object (DAO) library instead of, or in addition to, the new Microsoft ActiveX Data Object (ADO) model, must manually set the reference in each new database.
Microsoft DAO 3.6 and ADO 2.1 have several object names in common, such as Errors and Recordset. If you reference both DAO 3.6 and ADO 2.1, and you do not specify which library you are using to declare an object, your code may cause an error or not run as expected. To specifically declare an object in a library, use the prefix for the library. For example, the following lines declare a variable as a database:
Using DAO 3.6
Dim MyRst as DAO.Recordset					
Using ADO 2.1
Dim MyRst as ADODB.Recordset					
By always using a prefix to define which library your objects are being declared in, you can eliminate possible errors caused by objects being declared from the wrong library. Using the prefix also makes your code easier to read.

Converted databases automatically update the Microsoft DAO 3.x reference to Microsoft DAO 3.6.

To manually include the reference to the DAO 3.6 Object library, follow these steps:
  1. Open a new Access database.
  2. Click Modules under Objects, and then click New.
  3. In the Visual Basic Editor, click References on the Tools menu.
  4. Scroll through the list until you find the Microsoft DAO 3.6 Object Library, and click to select the reference.
  5. Click OK.
  6. On the File menu, click Close and Return to Microsoft Access.
For more information about the new Microsoft ActiveX Data Object (ADO) model, in the Visual Basic Editor, click Microsoft Visual Basic Help on the Help menu, type using ActiveX Data Objects in the Office Assistant or the Answer Wizard, and then click Search to view the topic.
prb run time error 424

Article ID: 225962 - Last Review: 12/05/2015 13:55:28 - Revision: 4.0

Microsoft Access 2000 Standard Edition, Microsoft Access 2002 Standard Edition

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