Can I safely delete vba modules starting with form_~TMPnnn and where did they come from?

Posted on 2011-09-27
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I have a number of modules in my project that start with form_~TMPnnnnnn or report_~TMPnnnnn.  I think I can safely assume they were at one time temporary but what created them and can I safely delete them?

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I would visually look at what is in those modules, then decide.  I would *seem* so ... but .....?

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Never heard or seen anything like that.  This is an ADP project?

I would first BACKUP, then try a compact and repair.  If they really are temp objects, the C&R should get rid of them.

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before deleting, try to compact/repair db
they should go away...
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They could be temp modules installed by a 3rd party addin.  I have a SQL editor that taps into the query grid, as well as in VBA ... and it installs a temp vba module with a similar type of name.


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Well, I compacted/repaired and the little devils are still there.  I'll have to do this the old-fashioned way... backup, delete, test, ...  Also interested in the 3rd party add in.  Before going to Office 2010 I used a 3rd party object dependency browser.  Will investigate.  Thanks.
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"backup, delete, test,"

backup, delete, Compact & Repair (to really delete),  Compile ... errors ?
Also, why not just look at the modules ?

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<<Before going to Office 2010 I used a 3rd party object dependency browser. >>

 I think mx got it and that's probably it.  Find and Replace (another add-in) leaves some temp tables behind as well.

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" Find and Replace (another add-in) leaves some temp tables behind as well."
Yes, but ... there is an F&R option to put all of that in a separate FR mdb, which actually makes the searches faster - and leaves nothing behind.

This is the SQL Editor - very cool.

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To DatabaseMX:  I will look at each module before I delete (compact again) & test it just that there are more than a few of them.  

Interestingly, when I right click on the procedure name the menu option for Removing the form of the same name is disabled, but if I select View Object from that same menu it opens the object with the TMP name.

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Bingo!  Thanks, DatabaseMX.

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