I have a SharePoint list with Lookup columns and metadata(Content type) fields.

I opened the list in Access When I was trying to add new data or edit the data it's saying

"can not update database or object is read-only access".

How to update this list?

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This error is a known issue in Microsoft Access that occurs when a table is linked to a SharePoint list that has hidden metadata.

All details are described at "Cannot update. Database or object is read-only error in linked SharePoint list in Access"

To overcome this issue try to apply the below instructions:

  1. Link all the lookup columns in the underlying list to tables. as mentioned at “Cannot update. Database or object is read-only”
  2. Disable caching in Access. To do this, follow these steps:

    • In Access, select File > Options.
    • Select Current Database.
    • Scroll down to the Caching Web Service area, and then locate the Microsoft SharePoint tables.
    • Select the Never Cache check box.
  3. Or try to re-create the list without the metadata columns.

  • i followed these steps but still not able to update the list, SharePoint list having hidden metadata columns.So its not possible to update the list from access ?
    – elina
    May 25, 2017 at 9:13

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