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I need to be able to create or copy an Access table without opening the database.  Thanks to the helpful response to a question I posted yesterday, I can now create the table.  However, I need one of the fields to refer to another table (in the same database) as a lookup field.  Is it possible to achieve this either as part of the initial creation process, by modifying it afterwards or by copying a master copy of the table?  I've tried the DoCmd.CopyObject but this seems to require the database to be physically open which is not an option.

As always, many thanks in advance for any help.
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Question by:MonteDelMar
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Try this model, code in document tblTemp.doc Open event. Open the document, then look in drive C to see the .rtf output.
The code should list a table and Tables/queries behind Lookup fields.

Private Sub Document_Open()
    Dim db As DAO.Database
    Dim qd As QueryDef
    Dim td As TableDef
    Dim tdo As Object
    Dim rs As DAO.Recordset
    Dim Path As String
    Dim x As String
    Dim i As Integer
    Dim qn As String
    Dim objAccess As Object
    Set objAccess = CreateObject("Access.Application")
    Path = "E:\_desktopAlternative\_disaster\Database2.accdb"
   
   objAccess.opencurrentdatabase Path
   Set db = currentdb
   Set td = db.TableDefs("1")
   
   objAccess.Visible = False
   qn = "temp" & Format(Date, "yyyymmdd") & Format(Time, "hhmm")
   objAccess.DoCmd.OutputTo acOutputTable, "1", acFormatRTF, "c:\" & qn & "Table.rtf"
   
   On Error Resume Next
   Set rs = db.OpenRecordset(td.Name)
   For i = 0 To rs.RecordCount - 1
        x = td.Fields(i).Properties("RowSource")
        If Len(x) > 0 Then
            Set qd = objAccess.currentdb.CreateQueryDef(qn & i, x)
            objAccess.DoCmd.OutputTo acoutputquery, qd.Name, acFormatRTF, "C:\" & qn & i & "LookUP.rtf"
        End If
    rs.MoveNext
    Next i
    
    DoCmd.CloseDatabase
 
    DoCmd.Quit acQuitPrompt
End Sub

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tblTemp.doc
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Modify:
line 13 for database name, here it is "Datbase2.accdb"
line 21 for table name, here it is "1"
Good Luck!
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MonteDelMar earned 0 total points
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Thank you very much for responding and for the code.

I'm sorry but I don't understand how I can adapt this to a) work without Access being opened (the reason I am trying to avoid this is so that Access doesn't need to be installed on the user's machine) and b) how to create another table within the database - this code exports the information to a .rtf file.  

Also the source table is empty, although I can add some dummy information if necessary - I noticed that this code requires at least one record.  

What I want to achieve is a copy of the source table within the same database and with the complete structure of the source table, including the lookup field and to do so, ideally, without physically opening Access.
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