AllowDeletions Property [Access 2003 VBA Language Reference]

You can use the AllowDeletions property to specify whether a user can delete a record when using a form. Read/write Boolean.


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


The AllowDeletions property uses the following settings.

Setting Visual Basic Description
Yes True (Default) The user can delete records.
No False The user can't delete records.

You can set the AllowDeletions property by using the form's property sheet , a macro , or Visual Basic .


You can set this property to No to allow users to view and edit existing records but not to delete them. When AllowDeletions is set to Yes, records may be deleted so long as existing referential integrity rules aren't broken.

If you want to prevent changes to existing records (make a form read-only), set the AllowAdditions , AllowDeletions, and AllowEdits properties to No. You can also make records read-only by setting the RecordsetType property to Snapshot.

When the AllowDeletions property is set to No, the Delete Record command on the Edit menu isn't available.

Note  When the Data Mode argument of the OpenForm action is set, Microsoft Access will override a number of form property settings. If the Data Mode argument of the OpenForm action is set to Edit, Microsoft Access will open the form with the following property settings:

  • AllowEdits — Yes

  • AllowDeletions — Yes

  • AllowAdditions — Yes

  • DataEntry — No

To prevent the OpenForm action from overriding any of these existing property settings, omit the Data Mode argument setting so that Microsoft Access will use the property settings defined by the form.


The following example examines the ControlType property for all controls on a form. For each label and text box control, the procedure toggles the SpecialEffect property for those controls. When the label controls' SpecialEffect property is set to Shadowed and the text box controls' SpecialEffect property is set to Normal and the AllowAdditions, AllowDeletions, and AllowEdits properties are all set to True, the intCanEdit variable is toggled to allow editing of the underlying data.

Sub ToggleControl(frm As Form)
    Dim ctl As Control
    Dim intI As Integer, intCanEdit As Integer
    Const conTransparent = 0
    Const conWhite = 16777215
    For Each ctl in frm.Controls
        With ctl
            Select Case .ControlType
                Case acLabel
                    If .SpecialEffect = acEffectShadow Then
                        .SpecialEffect = acEffectNormal
                        .BorderStyle = conTransparent
                        intCanEdit = True
                        .SpecialEffect = acEffectShadow
                        intCanEdit = False
                    End If
                Case acTextBox
                    If .SpecialEffect = acEffectNormal Then
                        .SpecialEffect = acEffectSunken
                        .BackColor = conWhite
                        .SpecialEffect = acEffectNormal
                        .BackColor = frm.Detail.BackColor
                    End If
            End Select
        End With
    Next ctl
    If intCanEdit = IFalse Then
        With frm
            .AllowAdditions = False
            .AllowDeletions = False
            .AllowEdits = False
        End With
        With frm
            .AllowAdditions = True
            .AllowDeletions = True
            .AllowEdits = True
        End With
    End If
End Sub

Applies to | Form Object

See Also | AllowAdditions Property | AllowEdits Property | DataEntry Property | RecordsetType Property