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    No of fields in a table (Access 2000/SP2)

    I have inherited a database where one of the tables has 255 fields. I wanted to change 5 fields from text to memo, but I get a message that the table has too many fields.
    I have since deleted 12 fields from the table to no avail, I still get the problem.

    How do I solve this one?

    Do I build another with the same fields except make the 5 fields memo rther than text, then write an append query to copy from the old table to the new table?

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    Re: No of fields in a table (Access 2000/SP2)

    According to ACC2000: "Too Many Fields Defined" Error Message Saving Table, you may be able to add new fields after compacting the database, or else after creating a copy of the table. See the MSKB article for details.

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    Re: No of fields in a table (Access 2000/SP2)

    All very interesting reading, why don't they fix it?
    I had to change 5 fields from text to memo fields and the way I had to do it was to first compact/repair the database then change one field, compact/repair the database, and so on.

    Thanks for pointing that out to me Hans.

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    Re: No of fields in a table (Access 2000/SP2)

    In all candor, a table that has 255 fields should be redesigned - POST HASTE! Anytime you hit upon an upper limit in the specification you are asking for trouble. Chances are the design isn't properly normalized, so you will reap a number of benefits from the redesign. Do you have the luxury of doing that?
    Wendell

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