2007 2010 ado dao error 3343 microsoft access

Microsoft Access error 3343 and the not so obvious solution

Recently I was asked to assist on a small project which used Excel to reporting on data within Microsoft Access. Simple enough, said I, I’ve done that before.

Now this project required the looping through of sales divisions with a company database and pulling together several million rows into a quite substantial report – which was ten put into Excel and pivoted. No problem, said I.

Things were going just fine. I setup the master Excel workbook and a script with copied over the template sheets into the destination workbook. But then I ran into a problem. When I opened the database file, a Access 2007 file, I got this error.

Run-time error 3343 Unrecognized Database Format

Which is very weird. This was my code

dim oDBEngine as DAO.DBEngine

set oDBEngine = new DAO.DBEngine
oDBEngine.OpenDatabase "C:\tests\test.accdb"

I hunted around wondering, is my file corrupt? But everything checked out okay.

I short bit of searching and I found the solution, well solutions really.

  1. Use ADO – nope sorry I ain’t going there
  2. Use the Access Object Library ver 12 (14 for 2010)

I will only talk about the second option because that helps retain most of a user’s code when you have been using tried and tested DAO for your Access umm errr access. The above snipped will be replaced with:

Dim oAccess As Access.Application
Dim oDB As DAO.Database

Set oAccess = New Access.Application
oAccess.OpenCurrentDatabase "C:\tests\test.accdb"
Set oDB = oAccess.CurrentDb

This simple change does the trick.

I just wonder if there is some intermediary layer between DAO/Jet and the accdb format. It does beg the question why is DAO incapable of opening the file directly?

That’s a mystery for a future post. I hope this helps keep someone from pulling their hair out or (heaven forbid) throwing their laptop out a window.

8 replies on “Microsoft Access error 3343 and the not so obvious solution”

Your solution works – however I really did not like how there would be a Access “shell” that would popup – or the kaveching of the folks who use my spreadsheets about that shell.

I came across this solution recently after beating my head against the wall for the better part of the afternoon trying to find a fix.

Just reference the Microsoft Office 12.0 Access database engine Object Library.

Then remove the Microsoft DAO 3.6 Object Library reference.

With this solution, you dont have to make any changes to your code – you can still you the DAO code without bringing up a “shell” window of Access.


Wendie, thank you very much! Your solution was really great for me!!

Thanks for you too, Salik, your doubt made me find the solution as well!

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