Ambiguous name detected

The identifier conflicts with another identifier or requires qualification. This error has the following causes and solutions:

  • More than one object in the same scope may have elements with the same name.

    Qualify the element name by including the object name and a period. For example:

    Module-level identifiers and project-level identifiers (module names and referenced project names) may be reused in a procedure, although it makes programs harder to maintain and debug. However, if you want to refer to both items in the same procedure, the item having wider scope must be qualified. For example, if MyID is declared at the module level of MyModule, and then a procedure-level variable is declared with the same name in the module, references to the module-level variable must be appropriately qualified:

      Dim MyID As String 
      Sub MySub 
      MyModule.MyID = "This is module-level variable" 
      Dim MyID As String 
      MyID = "This is the procedure-level variable" 
      Debug.Print MyID 
      Debug.Print MyModule.MyID 
      End Sub
  • An identifier declared at module-level conflicts with a procedure name. For example, this error occurs if the variable MyID is declared at module level, and then a procedure is defined with the same name:

      Public MyID 
      Sub MyID 
      '. . . 
      End Sub 

    In this case, you must change one of the names because qualification with a common module name would not resolve the ambiguity. Procedure names are Public by default, but variable names are Private unless specified as Public.

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