Easily Delete Many Objects at One Time in Microsoft Access

Provided by Luke Chung, President of FMS, Inc.

Selecting Multiples Objects in Microsoft Access 2007

One of the nice features in Microsoft Access 2007's Navigation Pane (the replacement for the database container) is the ability to select multiple objects. This can be done by selecting a range of objects of different types, via the Shift + Mouse Click, or individual objects via the Ctrl + Mouse Click. One can then press the Delete key to delete them

Deleting Multiples Objects in Microsoft Access 2003 and Earlier

For earlier versions of Microsoft Access, it's not so simple. By default, Access prompts you each time you manually delete an object from the database container. This confirmation is helpful to avoid accidental deletions of an object, but is a pain if you need to delete many objects. It'd be much nicer to simply press the Delete key on each object until all the objects you need to delete are gone.

Fortunately, it's easy to eliminate the confirmation prompt by temporarily turning off warning messages. Just open the Immediate Window (Ctrl G) and enter this:

DoCmd.SetWarnings False

Now you'll be able to delete your objects without a warning message each time. When you're done, be sure to turn warnings back on:

DoCmd.SetWarnings True

Good luck!

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