ACC: How to Open a Combo Box Automatically

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Moderate: Requires basic macro, coding, and interoperability skills.



Summary

When you are entering a large amount of data and want to open a combo box, it is inconvenient to have to press additional keys or stop to use the pointer. This article presents a generic macro that opens a combo box when you set the focus on the control by pressing the TAB key.


In Microsoft Access 7.0 and 97, you can use the Dropdown method to force the list in the specified combo box to drop down. If the specified combo box control does not have the focus, an error occurs. Using this method is identical to pressing the F4 key when the control has the focus.

More Information

A macro with a single action, SendKeys, is shown below. You can use this macro for all combo boxes on your form:

  1. Create a macro called Open Combo Box, as follows:


    Action
    --------
    SendKeys

    Actions Arguments
    ------------------
    Keystrokes: %{DOWN}
    Wait: Yes
  2. Open your form in Design view.
  3. Add the Open Combo Box macro to the OnEnter property of your combo box.
  4. Open your form in Form view, and use the TAB key to move to your combo box.

Using the Dropdown Method in Microsoft Access 7.0 and 97


  1. Create a new form.
  2. Add a combo box and a text box control to the form.
  3. Set the combo box's OnGotFocus property to the following event procedure:


    Private Sub Employees_GotFocus()
    Me!ComboBoxName.Dropdown
    End Sub
  4. Open your form in Form view, and use the TAB key to move to your combo box.

References

For more information about the Dropdown method, search the Help Index for "Dropdown method," or ask the Microsoft Access 97 Office Assistant.


For more information about automatically sending keystrokes, search the Help Index for "SendKeys," or ask the Microsoft Access 97 Office Assistant.
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문서 ID: 98225 - 마지막 검토: 2007. 1. 18. - 수정: 1

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