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Chapter 9. Advanced Form Techniques > Viewing Object Dependencies

Viewing Object Dependencies

Microsoft added a wonderful feature to Access 2003. It provides you with the capability to view information about object dependencies. Here's how it works:

1.
To invoke the Object Dependency feature, right-click the form whose dependencies you want to view, and select Object Dependencies. The first time that you perform this task for a database, a dialog appears prompting you to update object dependency information for the database (see Figure 9.24). Once you click OK, Access updates the dependency information for the database and displays the Object Dependencies window on the right-hand side of the Access desktop (see Figure 9.25).

Figure 9.24. The first time you attempt to display object dependencies within a database, Access prompts you to update dependency information for that database.


Figure 9.25. The Object Dependencies window shows you the objects that depend on the selected object as well as objects on which the selected object depends.


2.
By default, the Object Dependencies window shows you the objects that depend on the selected object. The report we selected is a report (not a subreport), so no objects depend on it. You can click the Objects that I depend on button to view the objects on which the selected object depends (see Figure 9.26).

Figure 9.26. The Object Dependencies window will also show you the objects on which the selected object depends.


3.
Click the node of an item to drill down to additional dependencies.

4.
Close the Object Dependencies window when you are finished viewing and working with object dependencies.


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