Too Many Indexes To Link

Sep 17, 2004

I am trying to link a Progress table into Access. However, the Progress database table has 41 indexes. I have even tried to import and get the same error - Too many indexes - . Is there a way to get around this? Currently I am importing to Excel then linking Excel to Access. The table is time sensitive so a live link is the best. Any ideas? Thanks

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Dec 11, 2006

I am a beginner and can someone please help me with creating indexes( I think this is what I want to do)

I have a table for entering realtors

the primary key is realtorID (AutoNumber)

is there anyway to find if the realtor has been entered twice or prevent the realtor from being entered twice



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Eg each Site can contain
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Access prevents any more than 32 indexes per table so in practice that means that you can't have more than 32 relationships with referential integrity enforced on any one table. I thought that I was correct in having a separate table for each feature type and creating 1-many relationships to the central table. The fact that I can't have more than a certain number of relationships suggests that my structure is wrong.

I thought about having one large table with a 'feature type' field plus all the other fields required for each feature type but the info recorded about each feature type is different, leading to a large table with many fields, many of which would be blank. This seems to be un-normalized to me.

So, my question is twofold really.
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I am a beginner when it comes to access. The project that I am working on is tracking Travel claims. The claims are submitted ever month for 4 years so I have created 48 tables for each month and tried to link them via the SSN. The member can also submit other claims during this period, ie supplementals (for reimbursements that were missed in the monthly) and Concurrent duty claims (for the member going to additional sites then where they are assign).

I have a

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==> pic of my customer table in design view

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