I have this SAME EXACT problem. I've searched everywhere and cannot find an answer and no one here seems to know either. One thing that happened in my case was that the user recently downloaded a bunch of updates from MS. So the problem may be related to a particular MS update. Have you found a solution to this problem yet? "Allison Wonderland" wrote: > This one has me puzzled and I've not seen an answer for it anywhere. > > We have an Access 2003 database with multiple users. One new user gets the > "You do not have exclusive access..." error that you might get when going > into design mode when he opens the database. But he isn't going into design > mode, he is just opening the database. Furthermore, if he hits, ok, the > message pops up again and again, about 31 times total, and then everything > functions normally. No other users have had this problem. And what's even > stranger, this problem only happens if he opens it from his desktop shortcut. > If he opens Access first, and then finds the database and opens it, it works > fine. Being a new user though, he doesn't yet have access to other multiple > user databases for me to see if it happens with other databases as well.