Many businesses have been using Access databases for decades. Over the years, their databases have complex and interconnected structures that might impact the usability of such databases. New queries and other database objects get accumulated and auditing the databases before making design changes can become challenging.
To solve this issue, Microsoft Access includes an Object Dependencies pane that helps developers understand the relationships between different objects in the database. However, the Object Dependencies feature has several limitations, and might not work as expected in certain conditions. In this article, we will focus on the process that can be used to mitigate and fix issues with the Access Object Dependencies feature.
How to Determine Access Object Dependency?
There are primarily four steps to determine Access object dependency.
- Open the object dependency pane from the database tools tab. This option is also available on the Table tab in the ribbon for tables. The Object Dependencies pane will display information about the different types of objects and their dependencies.
- Switch dependencies to select “Objects that I depend on” so that objects on which the current object depends are displayed.
- Expand the objects to check for the dependency status. Up to four levels of dependencies can be visible.
- Select a listed object in the Object Dependencies pane for viewing it.
How to Resolve MS Access Object Dependencies Missing Issue?
The Objects Dependencies pane in Access demonstrates the interaction between database objects, such as tables, forms, queries, and reports, with other objects. The Object Dependencies pane is designed to prevent users from deleting record sources inadvertently. However, the users might experience MS Access object dependencies missing issues due to certain limitations of the inbuilt Access feature. For example, the function might incorrectly show object dependencies appearing as missing tables. Here are some of the steps that can be used to resolve such issues.
- Ensure that the user has the permissions to open objects in Design view. The dependency information cannot be displayed without appropriate permissions.
- Dependency information might not work for subqueries. Information can only be generated for the outermost query of a nested query. This is true for source tables, query sub datasheets, and lookup fields as well.
- Ensure that the AutoCorrect feature is turned on. This is because Access uses the feature to generate dependency information using name maps. Renaming forms, reports, tables, queries, fields, or controls on forms and reports could result in tracking issues if the feature is turned off.
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