A very basic chat program in MS-Access

I‘ve just come across this little plaything I developed a year or so ago and thought I’d share it with you guys.  It’s a very basic chat program that you can use with your colleagues if you all have access to a shared network.  If you all open the MDB file you can chat with each other.

The code uses your network log-in name to define who you are and saves the ‘chat’ to a table within the database.  I’ve left everything open so you can look at the code etc, although there isn’t a great deal really – I’m actually surprised in hindsight just how simple it really is!

You will need to clear ‘tblConversation’ each time you’re done with the application, otherwise it will show the whole previous conversation.

I might someday develop this further, but for now as I said just thought I’d share with you.  If you can think of any uses for it, or if you want to have a go at amending it yourself please do and let me know how you get on.


  • Chris
    August 15, 2011 - 11:42 pm | Permalink

    Hey Matt,

    I was looking for something like this to use on a LAN Network for a ms access application that has about 10 users. I am still in the middle of doing some testing, but it works quite well. I had 2 issues with the lstconversation listbox, but I was able to overcome them. Shoot me an email and Ill send you what I’ve got if you are interested.

    Thanks, Chris

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  • Yawar
    November 14, 2013 - 12:17 am | Permalink

    Hi Mat, I can’t seem to find any content licensing terms on your blog/downloads. What license are you using for your content here?

    If something like Creative Commons then I’ll probably put up my modifications to your chat app on GitHub.

    Excellent idea, btw.

  • Matt
    November 14, 2013 - 9:33 pm | Permalink

    Hi Yawar

    I would be really interested to see what you can add to this. You’re more than welcome to post changes etc to Github as long as you refer back to me in some way. Please send me links etc so I can see what you’ve added to the project.


  • Zahlan
    March 18, 2014 - 10:39 am | Permalink

    I tried chatting but it’s not working. Is there any settings or something i should do?

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