Applies to

Form Object

Report Object

You can use the OrderByOn property to specify whether an object's OrderBy property setting is applied. Read/write Boolean.


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


The OrderByOn property uses the following settings.


Visual Basic




The OrderBy property setting is applied when the object is opened.



(Default) The OrderBy property setting isn't applied when the object is opened.

Note: For reports, you can set the OrderByOn property by using the report's property sheet, a macro, or Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) code.

For all other objects, you can set the OrderByOn property by clicking a Sort button under Sort & Filter on the Home tab, or by using VBA.

When a new object is created, it inherits the RecordSource , Filter , OrderBy, OrderByOn, and FilterOn properties of the table or query it was created from.


The following example displays a message indicating the state of the OrderByOn property for the "Mailing List" form.

MsgBox "OrderByOn property is " & _
Forms("Mailing List").OrderByOn

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