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This article applies to a Microsoft Access database (.mdb) and to a Microsoft Access project (.adp).
For a Microsoft 2000 version of this article, see 209187
This article lists words and symbols that you should not use in field, object, and variable names in Microsoft Access 2002 and later versions of Access because they are "reserved words." Reserved words have a specific meaning to 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:
If you use a reserved word, such as date, value, name, text, and year, in Access 2007, you may receive the following message:
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 ([ ]).
The Name you supplied is a reserved word. Reserved words have a specific meaning to Microsoft Office Access or to the Microsoft Office Access database engine
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
For more information about special characters to avoid using when you work with the database object names or the field names in all versions of Access, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
-M Macro Match Max, Min, Mod MEMO Module MONEY Move -N NAME NewPassword NO Not Note 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 VERSION -W WHERE WITH Workspace -X Xor -Y Year YES YESNO
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/826763/ )Special characters that you must avoid when you work with Access databases
Article ID: 286335 - Last Review: August 31, 2007 - Revision: 14.1