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Copying query causes parameter popup?

Posted on 2012-03-21
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Access 2007 or 2010 whenever I copy a query it causes a parameter query to popup.... what is causing this or how do I correct this?
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Question by:geekmee2
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by:Nick67
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There is not a lot of detail in your question, but the parameter popup occurs when your query contains non-existent fields or variables, or if they have syntax errors in them.  The query engine asks YOU to supply these values, since it cannot locate them on it's own.

What do you mean by <<whenever I copy a query >>?
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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<whenever I copy a query >
*Any* query, or only one query in particular?

This happened to me a few times, I simply deleted the query and recreated it...
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by:geekmee2
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Any query I copy 90% of the time... It does not happen every single time, but the majority of the time, I can count on it happening.

Here is the SQL View contents of the current query I copied that asks for a paramater value:
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SELECT BGInfoTable.User_Name AS UserName, BGInfoTable.Host_Name AS MachineName, BGInfoTable.ArmWDC, BGInfoTable.ahlta AS AHLTA
FROM BGInfoTable
WHERE (((BGInfoTable.ArmWDC) Not Like "2*") AND ((BGInfoTable.ahlta) Like "3.3.6*"))
ORDER BY BGInfoTable.User_Name;
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Here is the popup:

Enter Parameter Value
"ArmWDC - Delta.AHLTA"

The name of the query copied:
"ArmWDC - Delta"

The copied query renamed giving the popup:
"ArmWDC - Installed"
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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No, I meant I *deleted* the query, then * recreated it *from scratch*.

If you simply copy it and rename it, the same issue follows.

Try simply creating a new blank database and importing all the objects...
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by:Nick67
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<<What do you mean by <<whenever I copy a query >>?>>

You still haven't quite said.
Are you copying and pasting an object in the database window / nav pain?
Are you copying the SQL you posted, creating a new query in design view and then pasting the SQL in?
Or, are you do something else altogether.
Moreover, when does this popup occur?
When you open the query?
When you open a form?
On some VBA event?
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geekmee2 earned 0 total points
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I have discovered the source of my parameter query popup... When query objects are copied and pasted in the Navigation Pane.

You have to deactivate any temporary column sorts created in Datasheet View... before copying the query object.

If you copy a query object in the Navigation Pane, and one of the columns has a column sort created in datasheet view, it will create a parameter query popup for any field with a temporary or adhoc column sort.

I had a temporary column sort created in Datasheet View on the column "AHLTA"... henceforth the parameter query displayed:

Enter Parameter Value: "ArmWDC - Delta.AHLTA"

Query column sorts activated in Design View... are not a problem when the query object is copied.

SOLUTION:
I need to clear all temporary column sorts in Datasheet View before I copy a query object in the Navigation Pane... to avoid creating a parameter query out of the copied query.

It would be nice if Microsoft would clear any temporary sorts in Datasheet View when query objects are copied...since Datasheet View column sorts are temporary.

(I apologize for my vague 'copy query' description, ... I entered my question in a fit of frustration.  I have been stumped over the source of this...intermittent... unwanted parameter query for a long time.)

Thanks, your questions helped me clarify my thinking and isolate the source of the problem.
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by:geekmee2
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I now can re-create the problem on demand and discovered the operation that creates the issue. I Googled the issue and found many other resolved inquires on the same issue. Microsoft does not address this "problem" or see it as an issue to be addressed in any of their support files... that I found.
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