How to use the Attributes property for TableDef objects in Access
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Requires expert coding, interoperability, and multiuser skills. This article applies only to a Microsoft Access database (.mdb/.accdb).
You can use the
Attributes property of a
TableDef object to determine specific table properties. For example, you can use the
Attributes property to find whether a table is a system table or a linked (attached) table.
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Attributes property of a
TableDef object specifies characteristics of the table represented by the
TableDef object. The
Attributes property is stored as a single Long Integer and is the sum of the following Long constants:
|dbAttachExclusive||For databases that use the Microsoft Jet database engine, indicates the table is a linked table opened for exclusive use.|
|dbAttachSavePWD||For databases that use the Jet database engine, indicates the user ID and password for the linked table should be saved with the connection information.|
|dbSystemObject||Indicates the table is a system table.|
|dbHiddenObject||Indicates the table is a hidden table (for temporary use).|
|dbAttachedTable||Indicates the table is a linked table from a non-Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) database, such as Microsoft Access or Paradox.|
|dbAttachedODBC||Indicates the table is a linked table from an ODBC database, such as Microsoft SQL Server or ORACLE Server.|
TableDef object, use of the
Attributes property depends on the status of
TableDef, as the following table shows:
|Object not appended to collection||Read/write|
When checking the setting of this property, you can use the AND operator to test for a specific attribute. For example, to determine whether a table object is a system table, perform a logical comparison of the
TableDef Attributes property and the
The sample code in this article uses Microsoft Data Access Objects. For this code to run properly, you must reference the Microsoft DAO 3.6 Object Library. To do so, click References on the Tools menu in the Visual Basic Editor, and make sure that the Microsoft DAO 3.6 Object Library check box is selected.
The following user-defined sample function loops through all the tables in a database and displays a message box listing each table name and whether or not the table is a system table:
Option Compare Database 'Use database order for string comparisons. Option Explicit Function ShowTableAttribs() Dim DB As DAO.Database Dim T As DAO.TableDef Dim TType As String Dim TName As String Dim Attrib As String Dim I As Integer Set DB = CurrentDB() For I = 0 To DB.Tabledefs.Count - 1 Set T = DB.Tabledefs(I) TName = T.Name Attrib = (T.Attributes And dbSystemObject) MsgBox TName & IIf(Attrib, ": System Table", ": Not System" & _ "Table") Next I End Function
For more information about the Attributes property, click Microsoft Visual Basic Help on the Help menu, type object properties in the Office Assistant or the Answer Wizard, and then click Search to view the topics returned.