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Microsoft Database Limits

Attribute

Maximum

Database Maximum Size
  • 2 gigabyte minus the space needed for the system objects - Acc 2007
  • 2 gigabyte minus the space needed for the system objects - Acc 2003
  • 2 gigabytes - Acc XP
  • 1 gigabytes - Acc 2000

Number of concurrent users

255 according to Microsoft. However in practical terms it will be significantly lower than this based on the database design method used.  25 would be a more realist number.

Total number of objects in the database 32,768
Total number of characters in an objects name 64

Microsoft Access Table

Attribute

Maximum

Number of Tables This is governed by a limit on the number of objects in the database, which includes tables, forms, reports, queries, etc.  The limit on DB objects is 32,768

Number of characters in a table name

64

Number of characters in a field name

64

Number of fields in a table

255

Number of open tables

2048:  The actual number may be less because of tables opened internally by Microsoft Access

Table size

  • 2 gigabyte minus the space needed for the system objects - Acc 2010
  • 2 gigabyte minus the space needed for the system objects - Acc 2007
  • 2 gigabyte minus the space needed for the system objects - Acc 2003
  • 2 gigabytes - Acc XP
  • 1 gigabytes - Acc 2000
Number of characters in a Text field 255

Number of characters in a Memo field

65,535 when entering data through the user interface;
1 gigabyte of character storage when entering data programmatically

Size of an OLE Object field

1 gigabyte

Number of indexes in a table

32

Number of fields in an index

10

Number of characters in a validation message

255

Number of characters in a validation rule

2048

Number of characters in a table or field description

255

Number of characters in a record (excluding Memo and OLE Object fields) when the property of the fields is set to yes

  • 4000 - Access 2010
  • 4000 - Access 2007
  • 4000 - Access 2003
  • 2000 - Access XP

Number of characters in a field property setting

255

Number of characters in an SQL statement 64,000

 

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Microsoft Access Query

Attribute

Maximum

Number of enforced relationships

32 per table minus the number of indexes that are on the table for fields or combinations of fields that are not involved in relationships

Number of tables in a query

32

Number of fields in a recordset

255

Recordset size

1 gigabyte

Sort limit

255 characters in one or more fields

Number of levels of nested queries

50

Number of characters in a cell in the query design grid

1024

Number of characters for a parameter in a parameter query

255

Number of ANDs in a WHERE or HAVING clause

99 *

Number of characters in an SQL statement

Approximately 64,000 *

 *Maximum values might be lower if the query includes multivalued lookup fields

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Microsoft Access Forms and Reports

Attribute

Maximum

Number of characters in a label

2048

Number of characters in a text box

65,535

Form or report width

22 in. (55.87 cm)

Section height

22 in. (55.87 cm)

Height of all sections plus section headers (in Design View)

200 in. (508 cm)

Number of levels of nested forms or reports

  • 7 - Access 2010
  • 7 - Access 2007
  • 7 - Access 2003
  • 7 - Access XP
  • 3 - Access 2000

Number of fields or expressions you can sort or group on in a report

10

Number of headers and footers in a report

  • 1 Report Header/Footer
  • 1 Page Header/Footer
  • 10 Group Headers/Footers

Number of printed pages in a report

65,536

Number of controls and sections you can add over the lifetime of the form or report

754

Numberof characters in a SQL statement that serves as the Recordsource or Rowsource property of a form, report, or control 32,750

 

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Microsoft Access Macros

Attribute

Maximum

Number of actions in a macro (macro: An action or set of actions that you can use to automate tasks.)

999

Number of characters in a condition (condition: Part of the criteria that a field must meet for searching or filtering. Some conditions must be used with a value; for example, the field Author with the condition equals with the value Jane.)

255

Number of characters in a comment

255

Number of characters in an action argument (action argument: Additional information required by some macro actions. For example, the object affected by the action or special conditions under which the action is carried out.)

255

Number of modules (includes forms and reports with the HasModule property set to True 1000

 

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