Disable Design Changes for Tables
Before Deploying Microsoft Access 2007/2010/2013 Databases
Provided by: Aparna Pophale, Quality Assurance Assistant
A new feature in Microsoft Access 2007/2010/2013 lets people
easily modify the structure of their tables without putting it into
design mode. Simply add a column while viewing the datasheet. This makes
it easy to change a table similar to the way people add columns to an
However, this is not desirable if you created a database
and deploy it to people who shouldn't be making structural changes to
Letís see how to make this feature enabled. Click on Office button and then Access Options.
Microsoft Access 2013 Options
Microsoft Access 2007 Options
It opens Access Options form. Select the "Current
Database" category and see the option "Enable design changes for tables
in Datasheet view:. By default this is checked:
Microsoft Access 2013
Microsoft Access 2007
When this is enabled, there is an Add New Field column
on the far right of the datasheet, and there are extra options to update
tables. Open a table in datasheet view and right click on any field of
the table to see the options to Insert, Delete, and Rename:
Disabling Design Changes from the Datasheet
This option should be turned off in applications you
build for others. Having users accidentally or deliberately create,
delete or rename fields can easily cause your application to crash.
Changing a table's structure has implications for queries, forms,
reports, macros, and modules that depend on those fields.
Simply uncheck this option under Access Options to
prevent this from happening. This can also be set programmatically from
the database object via:
CurrentDb.Properties("AllowDatasheetSchema") = False
After turning off this option and reopening the
database, you'll see the right click menu on tables has more restricted
options. The Add New Field column on the far right is also gone.
This tip and other ways to ensure you create great
Access applications are found in
Total Access Analyzer.