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'Action failed on AutoExec' error msg on app start-up

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when you open this access app, you get the below screen. how can this warning be avoided? (Action failed on AutoExec)

when you click close, then you get the second screen. (vba macro)

this started happening only 2 months or so ago, i am told.

thanks.
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by:Jim Horn
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Define 'the below screen' and 'the second screen', as I don't see any screen shots.
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by:Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE )
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Action failed on AutoExec
You would have to determine which action is failing in the AutoExec macro. If you can list those actions, we might be able to point you to some likely suspects.
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sorry i had not put comment for attachment, and it was not loaded.. here is the screenshot
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LSMConsulting, do you mean the error code? (2950).. or the code of the macro?
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If I'm interpreting this correctly, it's not an error, but the user's Office settings for Trust Center is not allowing any Access apps that have code or macros to execute those code or macros, and when the AutoExec macro fires on startup it blocks execution.

Below is the manual answer for Access 2010.   Also, afaik there is no way to programmatically pull this off, as this was intended to be a safeguard against viruses.

Give this a whirl on the pc that is generating the message (Access 2010)

(1)  Go to File menu, Options.  The Options window will appear.
(2)  Click on the Trust Center on the left, and hit the 'Trust Center Settings...' button.  The Trust Center window will appear.
(3)  Click on Trusted Locations, then click on the 'Add new location...' button.
(4)  Enter the path that the Access app lis in, and hit Ok.
(5)  Hit Ok a couple of times to close.

Close out of Access, then open the database, and it should go straight to the Main Menu.
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when I open the app with Shift key, I get this screen only
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by:Dale Fye
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This is caused by Office security settings.  Since this appears to have begun several months ago, I assume that the version of Office in use on that computer was upgraded from 2003 or lower to 2007 or higher about two months ago.

The only way to circumvent this message is to designate the folder that the application resides in as a "trusted location".  Creating a "trusted location" will allow VBA code (and macros) embedded in any Office application that resides in that folder to run without first having to "enable" macros.

1.  Click the Office button in the upper left corner when Access is opened,.
2.  Click the "Access Options" button (bottom center of popup window)
3.  Click the "Trust Center" option in the panel on the left of the Access Options dialog
4.  Click the "Trust Center Settings" command button
5.  Click the "Trusted Locations" option in the panel on the left
6.  Click the "Add a new Location" button, then migrate to the folder where your application resides.

HTH
Dale
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>when I open the app with Shift key, I get this screen only
That's because opening it with the Shift key down bypasses the AutoExec macro.
Since no code is executing, it allows the file open, which then goes to a blank screen with all your objects listed.
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Sorry, Jim.  Did not mean to repeat your post.

The other thing about the Shift bypass, if you look at your screen (not the image you posted), you should see a bar across the top of the Access window (probably right below the menu bar) that says something like:

Security Warning Certain content in the database has been disabled

This will be followed by a command button (Options) which pops up the Security Options dialog, which is the first image you provided.
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thanks a lot for your explanation!
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