OpenConnection Method [Access 2003 VBA Language Reference]

You can use the OpenConnection method to open an ADO connection to an existing Microsoft Access project (.adp) or Access database (.mdb) as the current Access project or database in the Microsoft Access window.

expression.OpenConnection(BaseConnectionString, UserID, Password)

expression Required. An expression that returns one of the objects in the Applies To list.

BaseConnectionString  Optional Variant. A string expression that is the base connection string of the database.

UserID*  Optional Variant. A string expression that is the name of the existing Access project, including the path name and the file name extension. If your network supports it, you can also specify a network path in the following form: \\Server\Share\Folder\Filename.*adp

Password  Optional Variant. Note    If you don't supply the filename extension, .adp is appended to the filename. You can use this method or the OpenCurrentDatabase method to open .adp files.


The OpenConnection method is similar to the Open method of an ADO Connection object. This method establishes the physical connection to the data source. After this method successfully completes, the connection is live, the Connection and BaseConnectionString properties are set, and the Database window or data access page should be repopulated with data from the new connection. All parameters of this method are optional. If no base connection string is supplied, then the connection is re-established using the previous base connection string (but the user must call CloseConnection before calling OpenConnection again). In the case of an Access project, the BaseConnectionString property can only specify the SQL Server OLE DB Provider.

Applies to | CodeProject Object | CurrentProject Object

See Also | CloseConnection Method