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How do I reset autonumber field in access 2003?

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A quick "totu" here with few ways to reset it. From Microsoft KB:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/812718

"I can't paste it here since it's in french for me"... sorry!

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Use the "compact and repair" process. This will reset the auto increment back to 0 (for empty tables that is). If the table is still populated with records you don't want to reset the counter i think...

It can be found under: Tools >> Database Utilities >> Compact and Repair Database

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It resets it only on an empty table and resets it to 1, not 0. –  David W. Fenton Mar 11 '10 at 13:18
    
@David are you sure about that. I am pretty sure it stores the current maximum ID. When a new row is added it will be maxid+1. If the value that was stored was 1 for a new/clean table then the first ID that gets assigned would be 2. –  Zoredache Mar 18 '10 at 23:17
    
It does not store the current max but the next value, i.e., the Seed value. The seed value never resets to 0 unless you do it in code. –  David W. Fenton Mar 19 '10 at 22:52

If you are having index problems or wish to reset an autonumber seed to a sepcific value for unusual reasons see Set AutoNumbers to start from ...

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