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Microsoft: Access Modules (VBA Coding) FAQ


DLookup Function Examples by BobStubbs
Posted: 24 Mar 04 (Edited 30 Mar 04)

This FAQ contains some examples of DLookup syntax used in various places within Access 2000.  No 'rocket science', but when I was starting out with Access I often struggled for some time to get this syntax correct.

What does DLookup do?

Retrieves a value from a table, based on another field value taken from a form, report or variable.

Example #1 - Used in a Report

Look up a value into a text box, based on a value in another report field:






Read as:
Find a record in the tblEmployees table;
with EmployeeID equal to the EmployeeID displayed in the report;
and return the Employee Name from this record

Example #2 - an unbound text box in a form:






Read this as:
Find a record in tblApplications;
which has ApplicationID = ApplicationID in the form frmApplications;
return the ApplicationType from this record

Example #3 - Combine DLookup with Format$


This returns the value of [ReportID], (which is an integer in my example) and formats it as a string consisting of 'R' followed by three digits, e.g. '3' would be displayed as 'R003'

Example 4 - Set a visual basic variable equal to a value from a table
stStringVariable = DLookup("[ColumnName]", "tblTableName", "[ColumnName2] = 'Value'")

Example: look up the Database Name from a Control table, where:

ParameterValue stores the value to be looked up;
ParameterName stores the name of the value to be looked up;
The table is called tblControl1.


stDatabaseName = DLookup("[ParameterValue]", "tblControl1", "[ParameterName] = 'DatabaseName'")
NB take care with the single quotes round the text string to be looked up - 'DatabaseName'

Example 5 - a DLookup which concatenates fields

=DLookUp([EmployeeSurname] & ' ' & [EmployeeForenames], tblEmployees, [EmployeeID] = 1234567)

If there is a record in the table with:

EmployeeID = 1234567
EmployeeSurname = Wilson
EmployeeForenames = John

the DLookup function will return:

John Wilson

Note the use of & ' ' & to insert a space between the two parts of the name.

Example #6 - DLookup in a sub-form

Similar to example #2, but you need slightly different syntax:



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