You can use the SelectObject macro action in Access desktop databases to select a specified database object.


The SelectObject macro action has the following arguments.

Action argument


Object Type

The type of database object to select. Click Table, Query, Form, Report, Macro, Module, Data Access Page, Server View, Diagram, Stored Procedure, or Function in the Object Type box in the Action Arguments section of the macro design window. This is a required argument.

Object Name

The name of the object to select. The Object Name box shows all objects in the database of the type selected by the Object Type argument. This is a required argument, unless you set the In Navigation Pane argument to Yes.

Note: The object names for Server View, Diagram, or Stored Procedure objects are not displayed in the Object Name box of an Access project (.adp).

In Navigation Pane

Specifies whether Access selects the object in the Navigation Pane. Click Yes (to select the object in the Navigation Pane) or No (not to select the object in the Navigation Pane). The default is No.


The SelectObject macro action works with any Access object that can receive the focus. This action gives the specified object the focus and shows the object if it's hidden. If the object is a form, the SelectObject macro action sets the form's Visible property to Yes and returns the form to the mode set by its form properties (for example, as a modal or pop-up form).

If the object isn't open in one of the other Access windows, you can select it in the Navigation Pane by setting the In Navigation Pane argument to Yes. If you set the In Navigation Pane argument to No, an error message appears when you try to select an object that isn't open.

Often, you might use this action to select an object on which you want to perform additional actions. For example, if you have Access configured to use overlapping windows instead of tabbed documents, you may want to restore an object that has been minimized (by using the RestoreWindow macro action) or maximize a window that contains an object you want to work with (by using the MaximizeWindow macro action).

If you select a form, you can use the GoToControl, GoToRecord, and GoToPage macro actions to move to specific areas on the form. The GoToRecord macro action also works for datasheets.

To run the SelectObject action in a Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) module, use the SelectObject method of the DoCmd object.

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