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Access Database Size Issue


My Access database suddenly increased from 3MB to 13MB. I stripped out half the forms and did a compact and repair but that didn't help.
Is there anything else I can do?

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Murray Brown

8/22/2022 - Mon
DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Former Microsoft Access MVP)

Whereas I can see your concern, 13MB is still a pretty small Access db.

Meanwhile ... do you have a lot of data in Local tables ... ?
And note that when you delete records in a table, whereas there are no longer 'visible', they do remain in the table until a Compact & Repair is executed.

Over what period of time did this increase occur?

What else might have changed ?
John Tsioumpris

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Anders Ebro (Microsoft MVP)

Did you recently add images to your forms? That can cause bloating.
Jim Dettman (EE MVE)

As the others have said, no real concern.  The limit on an Access db is 2GB.

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William Peck
Mark Edwards

If it's not a lot of new data in tables, then check your MSysResources table and see if it is storing images.
I couldn't figure out a bloat issue I had a while back and that ended up being the problem.
This table doesn't dump images if you drop 'em from the app.  You have to do it manually.
Everyone should check this table to make sure they aren't carrying a lot of excess junk.
Murray Brown

Thanks very much