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How do I merge multiple identical tables?

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I have an Access 2003 database with 5 tables. The structure of each table is identical but the content is different. I would like to combine the data into one new table. How do I do this?

I don't think I want to employ a query approach. I literally want to combine them all.

Thoughts?
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Question by:djlurch
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by:Jim Horn
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>I don't think I want to employ a query approach.
This is really your only option, as queries are the only real tool you have to insert data into another table.

Create a new table with the same design(schema) as your other five, then run this query (air code, so you'll want to rename)

INSERT INTO DestinationTable (Column1, Column2, Column3, ColumnN)
SELECT Column1, Column2, Column3, ColumnN
FROM Table1

INSERT INTO DestinationTable (Column1, Column2, Column3, ColumnN)
SELECT Column1, Column2, Column3, ColumnN
FROM Table2

etc.
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jerryb30 earned 250 total points
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select * from table1
union all
select * from table2
union all
select * from table3

etc

and then a maketable query

select * into newTable from UnionQuery
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by:jmoss111
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Something like this should work for you.




Public Sub UpdateToConsolidatedTable()

Dim strPath As String, strTableName As String, strDbName As String

Dim fs As Object

Dim strSQL As String

Dim db As Database

Dim tbl As TableDef

Dim strNewTablename As String

 Set db = CurrentDb

    DoCmd.SetWarnings False

          For Each tbl In db.TableDefs

             If tbl.Name Like "11" & "*" Then 'pattern match to get correct table

                

                strNewTablename = tbl.Name

                CurrentDb.Execute "Insert into tblMyTable select * from " & strNewTablename

                DoCmd.DeleteObject acTable, strNewTablename

                   

             End If

          Next tbl

    db.Close

End Sub

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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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djlurch,

< don't think I want to employ a query approach. >
Ummm... can I ask why not?

If you really hate queries, you "could" select all the records from each table and do a "Paste APPPEND" into one table.

The danger here is that, by force of habit, you might click "Paste" not "Paste Append"!
:O

JeffCoachman
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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jmoss111,

If queries worry djlurch, I don't know if iterating through tabledefs in VBA will fare any better!
:)

Happy Thangsgiving to all!
:)

JeffCoachman
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by:djlurch
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This is the solution I employed.
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