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Hello everyone,

I have been hired to make changes to an Access system.  It is a VBA system, so the system is entirely contained in a single .mdb file.

Problem is that when I open the file, a login form comes up, and all the Access menu options and toolbars are hidden.  I can login ok, but I cannot get into Design mode to change anything.

I managed to get around this to an extent, by importing all the tables, queries, forms, etc into a new database file.  I did the import using FILE--> Get External Data utility off the menu in the new DB.  I can make the changes I need to make in this new DB, but then I don't know how to put the changes I made back into the .mdb file that has its menus locked.

What should I do?

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mgrattan earned 240 total points
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You should be able to get past the startup options in the "locked" database by holding down the Shift key on your keyboard while opening the MDB file.  Once you have bypassed the startup routine, you can change the startup routine in Tools/Startup Options.
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by:cjswimmer
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have you tried holding down the Shift button when opening the database?
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by:blakeh1
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The only thing that would affect using Shift key to bypass would be if they had set the AllowBypassKey property to false. this will prevent use of Shift key to bypass startup. It can only be set with code.


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by:Danimal
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Holding the shift-key works.  Thanks.  Since mgratten answered first, I'll give him the points.

Related question (for 30 bonus points):  How can I view the "code" for the "startup routine" that I bypassed?  If someone besides mgratten answers this one, I'll create another question in order to transfer the points.
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by:mgrattan
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Hi,

First, please close this question by accepting my first comment as the Answer.
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Please open a new question so you second question can be addressed.  Thank you!
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by:dovholuk
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you can view the "code" by opening the autoexec macro and seeing what is running in there.

alternatively, if you go to the database window and you then go to tools->startup... you will find a bunch of other options you can "re-check" so that you won't need to use the shift key.  if there is a form in there that is labeled "startup form" you also need to check all the code on that form to see what's TOTALLY happening on start...

let us know if you need more help.

dovholuk
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by:Danimal
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dovholuk:  I am not on the machine now that has the .mdb, but I do remember looking for an autoexec macro.  There was not one there.  I'll look in the other places you mentioned.  Thanks dude.

mgrattan:  I'll be accepting your comment as an answer once the discussion on this general topic is completed.  Sorry that you don't like my preference to get all the related questions answered first, then dole out the points later.  That is just the way I do things.  No one else has complained about it before.
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I'm not complaining Danimal; it's just that you asked a related, yet separate, question and offered to post it separately for more points.  

Therefore, I suggested that you close this one first.  Just trying to keep things in line with the guidelines on the site; one question per post.  
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dovholuk, I am opening another question for you to post the answer you gave for viewing the startup code.
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