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Returns a key setting value from an application's entry in the Windows registry or (on the Macintosh) information in the application’s initialization file.


GetSetting ( appname , section, key [, default ] )

The GetSetting function syntax has these arguments:




Required. string expression containing the name of the application or project whose key setting is requested. On the Macintosh, this is the filename of the initialization file in the Preferences folder in the System folder.


Required. String expression containing the name of the section where the key setting is found.


Required. String expression containing the name of the key setting to return.


Optional. Expression containing the value to return if no value is set in the key setting. If omitted, default is assumed to be a zero-length string ("").


If any of the items named in the GetSetting arguments do not exist, GetSetting returns the value of default.


Note: Examples that follow demonstrate the use of this function in a Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) module. For more information about working with VBA, select Developer Reference in the drop-down list next to Search and enter one or more terms in the search box.

This example first uses the SaveSetting statement to make entries in the Windows registry (or .ini file on 16-bit Windows platforms) for the application specified as appname, and then uses the GetSetting function to display one of the settings. Because the default argument is specified, some value is guaranteed to be returned. Note that section names can't be retrieved with GetSetting. Finally, the DeleteSetting statement removes all the application's entries.

' Variant to hold 2-dimensional array returned 
' by GetSetting.
Dim MySettings As Variant
' Place some settings in the registry.
SaveSetting "MyApp","Startup", "Top", 75
SaveSetting "MyApp","Startup", "Left", 50
Debug.Print GetSetting(appname := "MyApp", _
section := "Startup", _
key := "Left", default := "25")
DeleteSetting "MyApp", "Startup"

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