Nothing happens or an hourglass appears when multiple users try to open an Access database (.mdb) by using Windows Explorer or a shortcut
When multiple users try to use Windows Explorer or a shortcut to open a Microsoft Access database that has already been opened by a user, the users experience one of the following symptoms:
- Nothing occurs.
- An hourglass appears for several seconds, and then nothing occurs.
To work around this problem, use one of the following methods.
Method 1: Modify the shortcut
In the target of the shortcut, include the path of MSAccess.exe.
Method 2: Open the database in Access
Follow these steps:
- Start Microsoft Access.
- Open the database.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
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Article ID: 927844 - Last Review: 10/14/2009 04:12:38 - Revision: 2.0
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