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  • Error Message "Enter must begin first"

    I was entering data into a table, the only table in a new database - clearly hit some strange button because now I get "Enter must begin first" and the table locks.. I have tried to get out without saving the current record - and get the message. I cannot even close the database. I tried duplicating the file and creating a browse attached to the new version - but evidently the error was entered. Has anyone a clue as to what the problem is - and better yet, how to fix it. I really do not want to repeat the work. There are no scripts or anything fancy involved (or none that I have created) and I am at record number 234. In other words, it has been working. Mary

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    Re: Error Message "Enter must begin first"

    Mary, welcome to the message board. I'm sorry you're having trouble. Here are a couple of ideas for you:

    a) scroll to the bottom of this web page and check the list of "similar" message board threads. This list is made automatically based on key terms in your "subject line" for this thread.

    b) try searching for "enter must begin first" to see other discussions on this. Use quotes in the search string.

    c) zip a copy of your entire database and attach it to a post in this thread. We can then check it for you. To do this begin a quick reply in the usual way, then use the "Go Advanced" button to open a more robust editor for your reply, scroll down to "Manage Attachments", upload your attachment from there, and submit your reply. Easier to do than to describe.

    -- tom


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      Re: Error Message "Enter must begin first"

      Thank you. I had searched the FAQ, but not the message board. Next time I shall do that first. I "solved" the problem by exporting to Excel then importing, a solution that worked because the table was all that I had. I think that the problem was accidentally moving to an up-arrow key and therefore creating a situation that looked as if I was working on an old record before closing out a new record - and then running into the CanSaveRecord problem described in one of the other responses. That seems the most similar situation. For now, I am going to remember that there are answers to this problem on the message board, that there is a work around if one there is only one table to worry about, and that one can find solutions on the message board that are not in FAQ,and that I should really try to learn more about the coding behind what I do. THANK YOU for the very rapid and helpful response.