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    No Properties Displayed (Access 2000 SP1)

    Running Windows XP Pro... I normally use Access 97 but I have both Office 97 Pro and Office 2000 Premium and I have them both installed on this PC in different folder paths. I've had to use A2000 lately but its VBA Help got so it wouldn't come up so I uninstalled both Office sets completely and re-installed them last night -- Office 2000 and its SP1 first and then Office 97. Today, when trying to work on a A2000 database, when I try to display the Properties of form or control, for example, the dialog box that is displayed has one tab labeled General and looks sort of like what you see if you display the properties of a file in Windows Explorer! The only field that seems to be available to type into is one that is labeled Description!

    Does anyone have any idea what is wrong or how to get out of this situaiton so I can get some work done?

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    Re: No Properties Displayed (Access 2000 SP1)

    So far I've managed to avoid WinXP and intend to keep right on running away from it! <img src=/S/flee.gif border=0 alt=flee width=25 height=25> Can I ask why you installed Office 97 *after* Office 2000? Usually, it's done the other way around and causes fewer problems that way.

    I've discovered that in Win2k, at least, the best cure for broken help in Office 2000 is to select Add/Remove Programs from the control panel, select Office 2000 and click on the Change button, and select Repair from the Office installation menu. The same trick might work in WinXP. At least it's worth a try. I've found that detect and repair from the Office 2k help menu doesn't always get the job done. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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    Re: No Properties Displayed (Access 2000 SP1)

    Charlotte,

    Thanks for the reply. I read it yesterday but didn't have time to reply then. I use Office 97 a lot and Office 2000 on fairly rare occasions and I think I read in one of Woody's newsletters that you should install the one you want to use the most, last. I might be remembering wrong but that's why I installed in that order anyway.

    I tried the Repair approach you described before posting my message and it eliminated the error messages but the Help window would just come up empty and stay that way! The problem seemed to start when I had both versions of Access open at the same time. Is that a no-no? I have found that some part of my Access 2000 problem was caused by a bad database that I didn't know was bad. After I told the person who sent it to me about my problem she said she had the same problem and assumed it was local to her environment. Anyway, she sent me a new copy that is OK and the re-install fixed the Help problem.

    After the re-install I'm getting an error message about something not being properly installed and suggesting that I run Repair. This happens when I spell-check text boxes like this one. I use a script that uses Word's spell checker. Someone suggested the script here but it came from another web site. The strange thing is, it goes ahead and does the whole spell check correctly after putting up the messages! I just noticed when spell checking this a second time that the errors come up during the "Initializing Office 2000 SP1" that normally comes up only after I've had an Office 97 app open, but this time I did two spell checks close together so I shouldn't have gotten that "Installing..." stuff after the first one!

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    Bill

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    Re: No Properties Displayed (Access 2000 SP1)

    As Charlotte notes, installing Office 97 after 2000 usually causes things in 2000 to get walked on because 97 doesn't know anything about 2000. Doing 2000 after 97 works better as 2000 is aware of 97 and tries to stay out of the way. However there are still some things that go bump. If for example you are working with secure databases, you are likely to see Access resetting the path to System.MDW after you have used 97. In general I try to run a single version on a PC, and go to different PC for a different version.
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    Re: No Properties Displayed (Access 2000 SP1)

    Thanks Wendell. As soon as I get a chance I think I'll uninstall both again and then install them in the other order and see if that helps. I do spend a lot of time working on a secured database but I use a startup shortcut and a different workgroup file for it so I don't know if that area will be a problem or not. I do have another PC right now where I only have Access 97 but it hangs if it sits idle for very long! Maybe I'll have to re-install Win98 and use it more!

    Bill

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