Error 3101 on optional field (1 Viewer)


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I'm updating a linked SharePoint list (name: "Business Supports") through an Access Form via a query.
The SharePoint list has a lookup to another linked SharePoint list (name: "Business Capabilities") on the site and this is a combo box on the form.

When I try to add a new record without selecting the optional "Business Capability" I get the error:
Run-time error '3101':
The Microsoft Access database engine cannot find a record in the table 'Business Capabilities' with key matching field(s) 'Business Capability'.

When debugging, I can see that the field is null, which makes perfect sense to me.

If I try to update an existing record by clearing the combo box value, I get the following (before even trying to save the record):
You tried to assign the Null value to a variable that is not a Variant data type.

Since the value is optional, I need to be able to leave it blank (or null)...
Note: This works fine when I make the insert or update directly in the linked Access table!

Have I made a design error in the form? Any ideas?

I found my stupid mistake 5 minutes after my (first) post: The query had an inner join instead of a left outer between the linked tables.
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Glad you found your error. But thanks even more for posting the solution, since this might help others to learn more about their use of SharePoint.

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