This article shows you how to create a sample user-defined Visual Basic for
Applications function that you can use to fill a combo box or list box
with the names of all the tables in the current database.
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The following steps demonstrate how to create and use the sample
- Start Microsoft Access and open the sample database Northwind.mdb.
- Insert a new module.
- On the Tools menu, click References, and select the following references if they are not already selected (checked):
- Microsoft ActiveX Data Objects 2.1 Library
- Microsoft ADO Ext. 2.1 for DDL and Security
- Type the following code in the module:
Function ListTables(fld As Control, id As Long, row As Long, _
col As Long, code As Integer)
Dim cat As New ADOX.Catalog
Dim tbl As ADOX.Table
Static tbls(256) As String
Static Entries As Integer
ReturnVal = Null
Select Case code
Case acLBInitialize ' Initialize database.
cat.ActiveConnection = CurrentProject.Connection
Entries = 0
For Each tbl In cat.Tables
If tbl.Type = "TABLE" Then
If tbl.Name <> "dtproperties" Then
tbls(Entries) = tbl.Name
Entries = Entries + 1
ReturnVal = Entries
Case acLBOpen ' Open.
ReturnVal = Timer ' Unique ID number for control.
Case acLBGetRowCount ' Number of rows.
ReturnVal = Entries
Case acLBGetColumnCount ' Number of columns.
ReturnVal = 1
Case acLBGetColumnWidth ' Column width.
ReturnVal = -1 ' Use the default width.
Case acLBGetValue ' Get the data.
ReturnVal = tbls(row)
Case acLBEnd ' End.
For Entries = 0 To 256
tbls(Entries) = ""
ListTables = ReturnVal
- On the File menu, click Save databasename.
- Create a blank new form that is not based on any table or query.
- Add a combo box control to the form.
- Set the RowSourceType property of the combo box to ListTables.
- View the form in Form view. Note that the combo box lists all the tables in the current database.
Article ID: 210311 - Last Review: October 26, 2013 - Revision: 4.0
- Microsoft Access 2000 Standard Edition
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