How-to: Error: "You tried to assign the null value to a variable that is not a variant data type"

This error is often produced when working with 'Required' database fields, if the required item is missing/NULL it will raise an engine-level error.

Here is an example of trapping this error, the Form_error routine should be assigned to the On Error event of the Form:

Private Sub Form_Error(DataErr As Integer, Response As Integer)

Dim strControl As String
strControl = Screen.ActiveControl.Name
If DataErr = 515 Then
    If MsgBox("This field cannot be empty" & vbCrLf & "Press OK to continue (undo) or Cancel to exit completely", vbOKCancel, "Error") = 2 Then
    End If
Response = acDataErrContinue
End If

End Sub

This error can also be generated by VBA code which assigns values of the wrong data type.

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