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    Object Browser missing (XP SP-2)

    I have a perplexing issue. I was doing some VBA coding, and in the midst of this, I needed to pull up the Object Browser. I pressed F2, but received nothing. I then clicked on the toolbar icon (which was selectable), and still nothing. I went to the view pulldown menu, selected Object Browser with the same non-result.

    I then went into Tools-Options, and looked at the Object Browser checkbox in the Docking tab. It was selected. All other items seem to work OK (Immediate, Local, Watch windows, and Project Explorer). Does anybody have any ideas as to why the Object Browser wants to take an extended Easter weekend??

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    Steve

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    Re: Object Browser missing (XP SP-2)

    Try unselecting the check box for the Object Browser in the Docking tab of Tools/Options...
    Is Object Browser listed in the Window menu now?
    If not. press F2.
    If Object browser is still not listed in the Window menu, it would seem that your installation is damaged - try Detect and Repair.
    If it *is* listed, but you can't see it, use one of the options to Tile or Arrange windows in the Window menu.
    Does any of this help?

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    Re: Object Browser missing (XP SP-2)

    I went into Tools/Options to the Docking tab, and deselected Object Browser. It immediately appeared in full screen which it should, since it is no longer docked. It appears in the Windows pulldown. The moment I right click on the screen and select Dockable, it disappears, and will not appear unless I undock it.

    I ran Detect and Repair, but I still get the same behavior. I also tried the cascading and tiling in the Windows menu, but it seems that there is no other way to make the Object Browser visible unless it is undocked??

    Outside of reinstallation, do you have any other suggestions?? I appreciate your time and effort.

    Steve

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    Re: Object Browser missing (XP SP-2)

    I can only guess that the Object browser has become docked in a position where you can't see it. You might try this:
    1. Close all other docked elements (Project Explorer, Properties, ...) and see if the Object Browser pops into view. If so, drag it to the middle of the window, show the other elements again and drag the Object Explorer to the desired position. This may take a few tries - I find docked elements notoriously hard to position exactly the way I want.
    2. If possible, switch to a higher screen resolution; perhaps the (docked) Object Explorer will become visible.

    If this doesn't help, it's up to you to decide whether you can live with an undocked Object Explorer. The information about the position of the Object Explorer is somewhere in the Registry, but I haven't been able to find it, so it is probably in a binary value. Uninstalling and wiping every trace of Office, then reinstalling will probably solve the problem, but it would be too drastic for me...

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    Re: Object Browser missing (XP SP-2)

    Hans, you were right. The object browser is in a location where I could not see it. I logged in this morning, tried the F2 key with no result. However, when I minimized my VBA screen and my Access program screen, then maximized both screens, the object browser was visible. I don't know how this happened, but within Options, it should be docked. I will now play with getting it positioned.

    What an annoying problem. I thank you for your time and effort. Once again, you rock!!

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    Steve

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