How to loop through the references to view their properties in Microsoft Access

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Original KB number:   209849

Summary

When you view the location of references with the References dialog box on the Tools menu, the trailing portion of the path name may be truncated because of the limitations of the dialog box. This article shows you how to use a Visual Basic for Applications procedure to loop through the References collection and retrieve the properties of each reference.

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More information

To loop through the References collection and retrieve the properties of each reference, follow these steps:

  1. Create a module and type the following line in the Declarations section if it is not already there:

    Option Explicit
    
  2. Type the following procedure:

    Function ReferenceInfo()
    
        Dim strMessage  As String
        Dim strTitle    As String
        Dim refItem     As Reference
    
        On Error Resume Next
    
        For Each refItem In References
            If refItem.IsBroken Then
                strMessage = "Missing Reference:" & vbCrLf & refItem.FullPath
            Else
                strMessage = "Reference: " & refItem.Name & vbCrLf _
                           & "Location: " & refItem.FullPath & vbCrLf
            End If
            Debug.Print strMessage
        Next refItem
    
    End Function
    
  3. To test this function, type the following line in the Immediate window, and then press ENTER:

    ? ReferenceInfo
    

    Note

    Each reference is listed in the Immediate window.

References

For more information about the References collection, in the Visual Basic Editor, click Microsoft Visual Basic Help on the Help menu, type reference object in the Office Assistant or the Answer Wizard, and then click Search to view the topic.

For more information about enumerating through the References collection by using the For Each...Next statement, in the Visual Basic Editor, click Microsoft Visual Basic Help on the Help menu, type next in the Office Assistant or the Answer Wizard, and then click Search to view the topic.