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Making changes to a mde form or report

Posted on 1998-07-10
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I need to make changes to a form or report in a mde file. I do not have the mdb database, but wish to copy and edit the forms. Is this possible?
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Question by:misty062698
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by:tomook
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It may be possible (probably is, indirectly) to copy the design elements into another form, but you will not get any of the code.
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by:JHardway
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Misty, the idea of an MDE file is to prevent the sort of thing you are trying to do.  The only way I know to successfully modify the file is to obtain the original MDB file (assuming the author kept a copy befor making it an MDE file).  Sorry, for the negative answer, but I believe your efforts will be frustrated.
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I just spent some time looking. There is indeed an "end around run" which will allow copying controls and MOST of their properties. It will be a major pain to do even that much (except for those of us who have written commercial products to do much the same thing). You still will not get the code. There is only P-Code left in an MDE, and no way back to real code except writing a decompiler. The time it would take to do this could not be less than recreating the entire application you want to copy. I know this is not the answer you want to hear, but it is the answer for the question you asked.
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