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Microsoft: Access Other topics FAQ


Adding (text) items to listboxes and getting/setting text in textboxes by bujin
Posted: 18 May 01

I don't know whether it's just that I've never found it, but I was surprised to see that listboxes and comboboxes don't have the .AddItem method in Access that they have in Excel and Word.

Here's the function I use to add an item to an Access Listbox or Combobox.  I had written a DelListItem sub too, but it was fundamentally flawed, so I haven't included it here.


Sub AddListItem(lst As Control, S As String)
    With lst
        If (.ControlType = acComboBox) Or (.ControlType = acListBox) Then
            If .RowSourceType = "Value List" Then
                If .ListCount > 0 Then
                    .RowSource = .RowSource & "; " & S
                    .RowSource = .RowSource & S
                End If
            End If
        End If
    End With
End Sub


Call this function using:

AddListItem lstName, "text string"


The next one is due to the annoying problem of having to set focus to textboxes or comboboxes to read or set the information in them.  The first is used to get the text from a textbox, and is simply used by calling:

GetText ctrName

The second sets the text in a textbox.  Use:

SetText ctrName, "text string"


Function GetText(ctr As Control) As String
    With ctr
        If (.ControlType = acTextBox) Or (.ControlType = acComboBox) Then
            GetText = .Text
        End If
    End With
End Function


Sub SetText(ctr As Control, txt As String)
    With ctr
        If (.ControlType = acTextBox) Or (.ControlType = acComboBox) Then
            ctr.Text = txt
        End If
    End With
End Sub

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