static method

I am working with winforms and in the file section I have a file that needs to be accessed from a static method.  I get the following error message on fields that are associated with that file...error code COBCH0969, Cannot access object data from a static method or field.    In order to fix these compile errors I put the keyword static on the FD of the file.  When I run the program in this way I get a runtime error of NullRefernceException -- object reference not set to an instance of an object. 

Now I realize that I could make the method as public and my problems would go away, but I really don't want to have to do this.  How can I resolve this issue?  Thanks

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  • Did you have an earlier product release installed that you updated to the 2.2 release or did you install the 2.2 release as the first Visual COBOL product on this system?

    Under what OS are you running?

    Yes, go ahead and uninstall and reinstall the product and see if that makes a difference.

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  • Did you have an earlier product release installed that you updated to the 2.2 release or did you install the 2.2 release as the first Visual COBOL product on this system?

    Under what OS are you running?

    Yes, go ahead and uninstall and reinstall the product and see if that makes a difference.

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