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Unable to set Default Value to Function in a table

Karen Schaefer
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2013-11-27
I keep getting error can't find function when I am setting the Default value to the name of the function in the filed of a table.  I tried settings, I made sure that the references are correctly set, and after researching the web - I am still unable to solve my problem - xref:


It seems the problem is with the setting of the Default value and not the function itself, I am able to execute the function in the debug window and run - but when I try to place the default value to the function name it errors

Can anyone point me to a possible solution.
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I'd strongly recommend AGAINST using Environ -- the environmental variables are not necessarily present on any particular computer and the values are user-changeable. The sample function at
gives a result you can trust.

-Do you have one or more public functions called Environ?

-Can you compile your code or do you have missing / broken references?

-Can you get the get:
to work the default value property in a form? - You really shouldn't have data entry going on through tables but I understand the desire to have the default value come from a deeper level.


No it doesn't allow me to input any type of function reference in the default value.  I tried using the FOUserName() function - still get the same error -

I also did a detect and repair on my MS Office Suite - still getting the same issue.  I just want a way to track who the current user is and use that as the default.  I have used this in the past and I know it works on other computers - due to the fact I have not rec'd any complaints that it is not working on other's pc.

Got any other ideas?


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Do you have any code modules in the database or code behind forms? If so, try going to the IDE (ctrl-G will open the immediate window) open a module or listed form's code and then see if you can
-Debug ->Compile (you may need to add a space or comment to a module to convince Access that the code needs compiling first

-Tools->References: If any reference is listed as missing, write down its name. Clear the checkbox.  Debug->Compile the code. If it compiles correctly, you don't need the reference. If it doesn't compile, you'll need to re-add the reference.

One bad reference can make all function references break, so my guess is that you've got one unrelated bad reference that is mucking up the Environ function.


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After doing the Detect & Repair and opening blank mdb - create a new table and test the Environ function in the default value - seems to have done the trick.  i then copied that field into my existing mdb/table/field -the problem seems to be solved.

thanks to all for their assistance.

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