255 Max Text Length?

Aug 25, 2005

is there a way to allows more that 255 chars in to a text field in a mdb? or do i have to do something like save it to a test file then link to the text file (cos i really dont know how to do that :P)

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Oct 13, 2005

Hi All,

I've been developing the code below but when the length of .lstAnswers is longer than 128 it doesn't delete the question.
Is there a reason under queries or SQL this should happen? I'm hoping that i'm just thick and there's an easy answer but nothing seems to work.

Private Sub cmdRemoveAnswer_Click()
Dim Answers_SQL As String
Answers_SQL = "DELETE tblOptions.* " & _
"FROM tblOptions " & _
"WHERE (((tblOptions.strAnswer)=[Forms]![frmQuestionWizard]![lstAnswers]) AND ((tblOptions.strQuestion)=[Forms]![frmQuestionWizard]![lstQuestion])) OR (((tblOptions.strAnswer) Is Null))"
DoCmd.RunSQL Answers_SQL, 0
End Sub


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However, when I try to apply the input mask to the text box, I seem to run out of characters - I get as far as the below but the input mask wizard won't let me extend the mask to the final 8 characters


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Jan 19, 2007


I am having trouble importing text records into a simple Access 2002 database. I’d be grateful for any help; it would save me hours and hours of manual cut-and-paste from Word into Access!

The records I want to import are text passages which originate in Word. Within some records you might find more than one paragraph. I want that formatting preserved. I signify the end of a record with a “#” character.

I create an Access database consisting of two fields: a) one called "Item" for the text records, with the data type set to memo so it can handle long text passages, and b) one for the primary key ID, which when prompted I let Access create automatically.

Here’s what happens when I try to import the data to my “Item” field”. First, I cut and paste all my original text from Word into Notepad. Then in Access I go File / Get External Data, and then choose Import, and choose Text as the data type. In the ensuing wizard under the Advanced tab I choose the option for delimitation by a specified character, and make “#” that character, and I speciy that I want the data to go into the "Item" field as memo data type. I then finish the wizard.

Sometimes I get error messages that not all data imports successfully, due to key violations, and when I check, nothing has been imported. Other times I just get a message saying it didn't work out. It's never worked.

Here are the records I'm trying to import from Notepad:






cccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccc cccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccc ccccccccccccccccccccccccccccc





(end of records)

I've tried two other forums but none of the suggestions work. There must be some way to do this other than by manual cut and paste. Any advice?

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In my report under the OnPage Event Procedure I wrote this:

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This works to some degree but the problem is that once there is a longer label, all of the proceeding labels are resized & the longer label that should have been resized was not.

Is there another place I should be writing this code? I looked under events for the textbox but there doesn't seem to be anything that would work since none of them would trigger when printing labels

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I have never seen this message before. I have about 64 Gig of free disk space. What can I do?

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