How to Work with Sandbox Mode in MS Access

Here we explain you all the key points of Sandbox Mode in MS Access, and when and where to make use of it.

When working with crucial data storage applications like MS Access, securing the safety of the database is very important. Apart from the various measures we undertake as users of the application to ensure that data is safe, the makers of the application have also provided us with various features to ensure that there is a minimum possibility of any harm to the database. One such security feature that we are going to be talking about today is the Sandbox Mode in MS Access. This is one of those features that has been provided to the users to ensure that none of the unsafe expressions are able to get access to your Access databases.Working With Sandbox Mode In MS Access

The Sandbox Mode

The Sandbox Mode in MS Access disables all those properties and functions which have the potential of being exploited by a malicious user at any point in time; to get access to data stored on the computer. This comes handy in isolating issues and running a data recovery to repair Access file at a later date. Through this article, we will be studying the functioning of this Mode.

Setting the Sandbox Mode

Setting The Sandbox ModeIf you want to ensure that your MS Access application is running in Sandbox Mode then you will have to make use of a registry key. Although the mode is activated by default in the application, at the time of install, however, to enable it you need to use the registry key value. If you do not want to activate the mode and instead wish to run all expressions, you can then opt for changing the value of the registry key.

Trusted Databases

Even if you have not enabled the Sandbox Mode in MS Access, by adding the registry key value, it will still not allow you to run any unsafe expressions. Till the storage location of your database file is not a trusted location or has a signature specifying the trust.

The Registry key can often be an area where you might not be very comfortable working, if that is the case, make sure you take help from someone who understands it and can help you change the value for enabling or disabling the Sandbox Mode. And simply knowing the ways to change the value are also not enough, you will also need access to administrator permission of the system for making changes on the registry values.

Registry Key

As explained already, you can opt for disabling the Sandbox Mode and running all expressions. But there are chances that you may not find this registry key in some of the editions of MS Access, in this case, it is advisable to avoid adding it, as it may interfere with the working of your MS Access application. If you end up adding the registry key incorrectly, you might end up creating bigger problems for yourself, the most common one of them being a damaged operating system, that might require you to re-install the complete Access application altogether. Even Microsoft does not provide you with any guarantees when it comes to problems related to registry key. Whether they arise from editing it or entering it forcefully or incorrectly.

Author Introduction:

Vivian Stevens is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including SQL Server recovery and excel recovery software products. For more information visit

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