Applies to

BoundObjectFrame Object

ObjectFrame Object

CheckBox Object

OptionButton Object

ComboBox Object

OptionGroup Object

CommandButton Object

SubForm Object

CustomControl Object

TextBox Object

ListBox Object

ToggleButton Object

Sets or returns the value of the On Enter box in the Properties window of one of the objects in the Applies To list. Read/write String.


expression Required. An expression that returns one of the objects in the Applies To list.


This property is helpful for programmatically changing the action Microsoft Office Access 2007 takes when an event is triggered. For example, between event calls you may want to change an expression's parameters, or switch from an event procedure to an expression or macro, depending on the circumstances under which the event was triggered.

The Enter event occurs before a control actually receives the focus from a control on the same form.

The OnEnter value will be one of the following, depending on the selection chosen in the Choose Builder window (accessed by clicking the Build button next to the On Enter box in the object's property sheet):

  • If Expression Builder is chosen, the value will be "=expression", where expression is the expression from the Expression Builder window.

  • If Macro Builder is chosen, the value is the name of the macro.

  • If Code Builder is chosen, the value will be "[Event Procedure]".

If the On Enter box is blank, the property value is an empty string.


The following example associates the Enter event with the macro "Enter_Macro" for the button named "OK" on the "Order Entry" form.

Forms("Order Entry").Controls("OK").OnEnter = "Enter_Macro"

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