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By yatst ·
I have taken over for someone else. I have an MS Access .mde file I need to document the code for. Problem is - I can't get to it. The design and view buttons on the Module tab or grayed out as well as the design button on the forms tab and in the forms themselves. How do I get into the code?

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by sl-campbell In reply to Locked Access Project

You need to get an original copy of the MDB (not the MDE).

The MDE is a compiled state to prevent anyone from changing the objects except tables.

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by yatst In reply to Locked Access Project

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by timfox In reply to Locked Access Project

I have never come across such software to allow what you require (even though there are rumours that promise otherwise). As previously mentioned, the file that you have is a compiled database containing GUI commands etc, designed not to be decompiled, designed not to be modified, (and for the sake of argument) designed not to be viewed.

Your best bet is to make contact with the person(s) that built the mde file and attempt to gain access to their code. Otherwise you have two choices:
1. Document the business processes that the code provides in the program. This can be done easy enough using a test environment and applying different scenarios. (Actually working out what code is behind the screens etc should not concern you, but on the other hand, it should be easy enough to guess).
2. Build the GUI yourself in an mdb and then document the program.

Either way, I would suggest that breaking into an mde file is not the only problem that you have in gaining access to the underlyingprogram. Personally, I believe this is possible to do, so I use other methods for making my underlying code difficult to re-use, so you may find that your mde is similarly protected.

Breaking into an mde is often not worth the effort it takes to understand and perhaps re-use programming concepts that are (rightfully) hiden behind the scenes.

All the best.
TimFox

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by jhermiz In reply to Locked Access Project

You can't its an .mde not an .mdb. Once a user has created an mde file generally there is no way to get back into the code. Im quite sure that the shift by pass key has been disabeled. Try opening the database and pressing the shift key over and over see if that opens up anything..does the db window open up ? Also try ctrl break when you open the db. Otherwise without the .mdb you're SOL...which means your outta luck bubs.

Jon

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