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Can I send a msg to users of an Access database via vba?

Hello All

I have about 10 users on an Access database.  They all log into a main form and then use the program.  Many times the users forget to log off at the end of the day and I either have to knock them off (by going on the Host server and closing the shared files) or I have to try and get in touch with them to log off properly.

Is there a way using VBA to send them a msg to log off or is there a way to have the application quit for everyone? I have a docmd quit in the timer of the main form that quits everyone at 11:30pm but I was curious if there is a way to send the quit.

Thanks
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alevin16
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alevin16
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Rey Obrero (Capricorn1)Commented:
you can create a form that will detect if the application is idle and quit the application..

see this for more detailed explanation
How to detect User Idle Time or Inactivity
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Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE)President / OwnerCommented:
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1. This:

<<Many times the users forget to log off at the end of the day and I either have to knock them off (by going on the Host server and closing the shared files) >>

 Is a really bad idea and can lead to database corruption (assuming a JET MDB/ACCDB backend here) if they happened to be doing something and not idle.

2. You can use the passive shutdown feature built into JET.  This however is passive, so while it locks any further users from connecting, it won't boot the remaining users.

3. You can build something into the app along the lines of this:

ACC: How to Detect User Idle Time or Inactivity
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/128814

4. and /or you can build something into the app that messages them by opening a hidden form at startup, using the forms timer, and checking a "flag" of some type every so often.  If the flag get's set, you popup a message.

5. You can use resource locking:

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

 This can be used in all sorts of ways; for #4 above, keeping track of who is in the application, locking out the entire app, a module (say AR), or a specific function, forcing them out of the app if the idle time is reached or a "get out flag" is set.

HTH,
Jim.
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alevin16Author Commented:
Thanks to both of you.  I am going to give this a shot.
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DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft Access MVP)Database ArchitectCommented:
Here are three more solutions, all of which I use:

Force Shut Down (free)
http://www.peterssoftware.com/fsd.htm
I built an entire Forced Shutdown module from this app. Takes everything into account.

Or

Inactive Shut Down Control (free)
http://www.peterssoftware.com/isd.htm

Or
Total Access Admin (not free, but excellent)
http://fmsinc.com/MicrosoftAccess/monitor.asp
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