?
Solved

Pasting from excel

Posted on 2011-09-17
4
Medium Priority
?
342 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-28
Hi All
I have a form with underlying table that I use to add data occationally by pasting from excel. In the table there are no filters no sort by fields or any other interfearence that I can see. When the data is pasted into the form it is correctly ordered as it was in excel, but the underlying table somehow stores the Data randomly rather than in the order that it was when pasted. I don't want to add any counter fields as there is already a autonumber (Set to Random) on the table linked to a parent.
I just cannot see any reason for the strange random storage. Any Ideas?
0
Comment
Question by:DatabaseDek
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 12

Expert Comment

by:pdebaets
ID: 36555126
If your primary key is set to autonumber random, then that could explain why your records (when sorted by the primary key) appear random. I'd suggest setting the primary key to autonumber increment. Then a key will be assigned incrementally based on when it was pasted. This should preserve the order you pasted it in.
0
 

Author Comment

by:DatabaseDek
ID: 36556048
Hi pdebaets

Are you saying that even when sort order is set to not sorted that Access overrules this and sorts it anyway? Unfortunately I cannot use increment as I sometimes need to paste from other tables and if there is already that number in the system it will cause an error.

Thank you
0
 
LVL 12

Accepted Solution

by:
pdebaets earned 2000 total points
ID: 36556764
The default sort order for the table will be the primary key sort order. You can change this by sorting on a different field, then saving the table.

Your problem with pasting from another table would seem to exist regardless of whether you use autonumber increment or autonumber random.

You can force an autonumber field to start at a particular value. Perhaps you can start it after the maximum value of any record you might want to paste. More info is at: http://allenbrowne.com/ser-26.html
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:DatabaseDek
ID: 36559039
Thank you.
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: Path Explorer

An intuitive utility to help find the CSS path to UI elements on a webpage. These paths are used frequently in a variety of front-end development and QA automation tasks.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

If you need a simple but flexible process for maintaining an audit trail of who created, edited, or deleted data from a table, or multiple tables, and you can do all of your work from within a form, this simple Audit Log will work for you.
Code that checks the QuickBooks schema table for non-updateable fields and then disables those controls on a form so users don't try to update them.
Do you want to know how to make a graph with Microsoft Access? First, create a query with the data for the chart. Then make a blank form and add a chart control. This video also shows how to change what data is displayed on the graph as well as form…
Visualize your data even better in Access queries. Given a date and a value, this lesson shows how to compare that value with the previous value, calculate the difference, and display a circle if the value is the same, an up triangle if it increased…
Suggested Courses

777 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question