DROP Statement (Microsoft Access SQL)

Last modified: June 29, 2011

Applies to: Access 2013 | Office 2013

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Deletes an existing table, procedure, or view from a database, or deletes an existing index from a table.

Note Note

The Microsoft Access database engine does not support the use of DROP, or any of the DDL statements, with non-Microsoft Access database engine databases. Use the DAO Delete method instead.

DROP {TABLE table | INDEX index ON table | PROCEDURE procedure | VIEW view}

The DROP statement has these parts:

Part

Description

table

The name of the table to be deleted or the table from which an index is to be deleted.

procedure

The name of the procedure to be deleted.

view

The name of the view to be deleted.

index

The name of the index to be deleted from table.

You must close the table before you can delete it or remove an index from it.

You can also use ALTER TABLE to delete an index from a table.

You can use CREATE TABLE to create a table and CREATE INDEX or ALTER TABLE to create an index. To modify a table, use ALTER TABLE.

The following example assumes the existence of a hypothetical NewIndex index on the Employees table in the Northwind database.

This example deletes the index MyIndex from the Employees table.

Sub DropX1() 
 
    Dim dbs As Database 
 
    ' Modify this line to include the path to Northwind 
    ' on your computer. 
    Set dbs = OpenDatabase("Northwind.mdb") 
 
    ' Delete NewIndex from the Employees table. 
    dbs.Execute "DROP INDEX NewIndex ON Employees;" 
 
    dbs.Close 
 
End Sub

This example deletes the Employees table from the database.

Sub DropX2() 
 
    Dim dbs As Database 
 
    ' Modify this line to include the path to Northwind 
    ' on your computer. 
    Set dbs = OpenDatabase("Northwind.mdb") 
 
    ' Delete the Employees table. 
    dbs.Execute "DROP TABLE Employees;" 
 
    dbs.Close 
 
End Sub
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