Memo Field Limited to 256 Characters?

Memo Field Limited to 256 Characters?

Post by Jethro Pul » Wed, 13 Jan 2010 00:21:53


I'm creating a report, imported from Excel, that contains a large
"Description" field.

ACCESS wants to limit me to only 256 characters in that field.

Is this correct? Is there a work-around?

TIA.
 
 
 

Memo Field Limited to 256 Characters?

Post by ghetto_ban » Wed, 13 Jan 2010 01:34:45

memo fields actually support something like 63256 characters. are
you sure it is not set as a Text field? those are limited to 255.

 
 
 

Memo Field Limited to 256 Characters?

Post by Jethro Pul » Wed, 13 Jan 2010 09:27:19


Good point. I'll check. That 256 char limit just didn't seem right.

Thanks.
 
 
 

Memo Field Limited to 256 Characters?

Post by John W. Vi » Wed, 13 Jan 2010 09:51:44


A Memo can actually contain up to two gigabytes (though if you did that
there'd be no room for anything else in the database), if you populate the
field programmatically.

One possible issue is that if you apply a Format to the memo field (whether in
the table properties, the query field properties, or the form/report textbox
properties); or if you try to sort the query by the memo field - you'll be
truncated to 255.
--

John W. Vinson [MVP]
 
 
 

Memo Field Limited to 256 Characters?

Post by Jethro Pul » Thu, 14 Jan 2010 05:18:59


Good point. I probably had a sort box checked. I used to be a heavy A-T
DB IV user and ACCESS is a new learning curve.

Thanks.