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Can I open a table to edit using a button in Access 2013?

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I would like to open a table to edit (when necessary) using a button. The button will reside on a form that I created for a Main Menu. The name of the table is "ListofDetectives -tbl". I tried this ( docmd.opentable "ListofDetectives -tbl", acviewnormal).

Is this the correct syntax? If so, where would I place it? I do understand that buttons are really for forms, records, reports. I am curious if this can be done.
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by:Ferruccio Accalai
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you must apply the VBA code in YourButton_Click event procedure as the following:

Private Sub YourButton_Click()
      DoCmd.OpenTable "ListofDetectives -tbl", acViewNormal, acViewNormal, acEdit
End Sub
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by:Earl Wolf
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Thanks for the syntax. Should this be placed in the event on click setting in the buttons properties?
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Earl,

 Just as a side comment and a cautionary note: this is normally not something you'd do.   Tables should not be worked with directly, but via forms.

 When a table is opened directly, there is no control you can apply over what happens.  

 With Forms and controls, you have properties and methods you can use to ensure data integrity, format, etc.

Jim.
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by:Ferruccio Accalai
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Anyway
@ Should this be placed in the event on click setting in the buttons properties?
Yes
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by:Earl Wolf
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Thanks Ferruccio, I appreciate it.

Jim,
I totally agree with you. My client would like to see this done. I've tried talking him out of it, but he's persistent about it. I asked why, his reply was, this is how it was done in their old DB. I told him he could get any data he wants via queries.

This is the reason I am asking.
Earl
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If your client wants a form that "looks" like a table, create a form in DataSheet view. He'll never know the difference and you will have the necessary events to control what happens.

Some things are just so wrong that you should refuse to do them.  Of course if you stand up for your principles, you have to be prepared if the client won't budge.  Remind him that he is paying for your expertise.  You don't presume to tell him how to run his business, he shouldn't be telling you yours.
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by:Earl Wolf
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Pat,
Thanks for your feedback. Excellent idea to create the form in DataSheet view. I will insist this is the better approach.
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