Error.Description property (DAO)

Applies to: Access 2013, Office 2013

Returns a descriptive string associated with an error. This is the default property for the Error object.


expression .Description

expression A variable that represents an Error object.


The Description property comprises a short description of the error. Use this property to alert the user about an error that you cannot or do not want to handle.


This example forces an error, traps it, and displays the Description, Number, Source, HelpContext, and HelpFile properties of the resulting Error object.

Sub DescriptionX() 
 Dim dbsTest As Database 
 On Error GoTo ErrorHandler 
 ' Intentionally trigger an error. 
 Set dbsTest = OpenDatabase("NoDatabase") 
 Exit Sub 
 Dim strError As String 
 Dim errLoop As Error 
 ' Enumerate Errors collection and display properties of 
 ' each Error object. 
 For Each errLoop In Errors 
 With errLoop 
 strError = _ 
 "Error #" & .Number & vbCr 
 strError = strError & _ 
 " " & .Description & vbCr 
 strError = strError & _ 
 " (Source: " & .Source & ")" & vbCr 
 strError = strError & _ 
 "Press F1 to see topic " & .HelpContext & vbCr 
 strError = strError & _ 
 " in the file " & .HelpFile & "." 
 End With 
 MsgBox strError 
 Resume Next 
End Sub