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Access 2007 Can I close Access on another user's computer in VBA?

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I need to make updates from time to time in Access.   If another user has the company db open, I can't export modules to it.  Can I close the db from my workstation?  If so, how?
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Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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While you can, it's not a great idea.

A better approach is to provide a shutdown feature in the app itself, either passive or forced.

Open a hidden form at startup, and set a timer for say 60 seconds.   Each time it fires, check a flag (a field in a table for example) and if that flag is found, message the user.  You can then either let them finish up (passive) or quit the app (forced).

Also check that flag at startup and if found, don't start the app, just quit.

You can do the flag with something like this:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Microsoft/Development/MS_Access/A_5328-Resource-locking-in-your-applications.html

Jim.
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Perfect, thanks for the help, Jim.

Dave
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Dave,

 I should have added another piece that you might want to implement as part of this:

How to detect User Idle Time or Inactivity in Access 2000
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/210297

 This show you how to kick out users based on inactivity.  This in conjuction with a lock out flag gives you a good all a round solution.

 I also should have mentioned that the reason you don't want to force a user out of Access externally is that it can cause database corruption.

Jim.
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by:David_W_R
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The very issues I was addressing in my mind while contemplating the next move.   Thanks very much for the thoughtful follow-up.
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