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Close MS Access 2007 program after cancelling the login prompt of a mdw protected database

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my front end Access 2007 database is secured with an MDW file (via a shortcut, see below). If a user launches the database, they are prompted for a logon (as expected). However, if they cancel the logon screen, the database closes, but MS Access stays open. How do I make it so MS Access quits if they cancel the logon?


The shortcut launches the front end DB via this command " 
MSACCESS.EXE "%userprofile%\Mars\MARS.mdb" /WRKGRP "\\server\db\Service.mdw"

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  Interesting and I had never thought of that before.

  Short answer is I don't think you can.  User level (workgroup) security is built-in and there is no real control over the login process.

  As a work around, your going to need to use some type of a launcher app, which could handle the login dialog and then using a command line with the /user and /pwd switches to pass the username and password in.

  This will by-pass the Access built-in dialog.

  One such launcher program is Tony's Auto Updater:

http://autofeupdater.com/
 

  However it is no longer free.  You also could write your own in VB/VB.net or some other language.  Would be simple enough.

JimD.
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Tony gave a demo at the Summit.  It's pretty cool, lots of new functionality.  I can see why it's no longer free.

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Any settings that allow Access to close once the current DB is closed? Even if a MDW security file isn't used?  
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<<Any settings that allow Access to close once the current DB is closed? Even if a MDW security file isn't used?  >>

  No, but you can issue an application.quit in a macro or code, which shuts Access down.  But since you have not gotten that far at the point of the login, you can't even do that.

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And in A2010/accdb, no more user level security, so might be time to find another method, i.e. write your own login process in Access. If you do this you will be able to exit on incorrect login. I am currently in the middle of such a project (and will definitely keep this question in mind, as it will be a nice touch), but it will be a few weeks before I am done.

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I ended up using the /user /pwd switch to launch via a batch command.
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The answer didn't fit my need completely, but only because Microsoft doesn't offer a solution. This answer helped me find a way to the solution
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