ComboBox.Column property (Access)

You can use the Column property to refer to a specific column or column and row combination in a multiple-column combo box or list box. Read-only Variant.

Syntax

expression.Column (Index, Row)

expression A variable that represents a ComboBox object.

Parameters

Name Required/Optional Data type Description
Index Required Long A long integer that can range from 0 to the setting of the ColumnCount property minus one.
Row Optional Variant An integer that can range from 0 to the setting of the ListCount property minus 1.

Remarks

Use 0 to refer to the first column, 1 to refer to the second column, and so on. Use 0 to refer to the first row, 1 to refer to the second row, and so on. For example, in a list box containing a column of customer IDs and a column of customer names, you could refer to the customer name in the second column and fifth row as:

 Forms!Contacts!Customers.Column(1, 4)

You can use the Column property to assign the contents of a combo box or list box to another control, such as a text box. For example, to set the ControlSource property of a text box to the value in the second column of a list box, you could use the following expression.

 =Forms!Customers!CompanyName.Column(1)

If the user has made no selection when you refer to a column in a combo box or list box, the Column property setting will be Null. You can use the IsNull function to determine if a selection has been made, as in the following example.

 If IsNull(Forms!Customers!Country) 
   Then MsgBox "No selection." 
 End If

Note

To determine how many columns a combo box or list box has, you can inspect the ColumnCount property setting.

Example

The following example uses the Column property and the ColumnCount property to print the values of a list box selection.

Public Sub Read_ListBox() 
 
 Dim intNumColumns As Integer 
 Dim intI As Integer 
 Dim frmCust As Form 
 
 Set frmCust = Forms!frmCustomers 
 If frmCust!lstCustomerNames.ItemsSelected.Count > 0 Then 
 
 ' Any selection? 
 intNumColumns = frmCust!lstCustomerNames.ColumnCount 
 Debug.Print "The list box contains "; intNumColumns; _ 
 IIf(intNumColumns = 1, " column", " columns"); _ 
 " of data." 
 
 Debug.Print "The current selection contains:" 
 For intI = 0 To intNumColumns - 1 
 ' Print column data. 
 Debug.Print frmCust!lstCustomerNames.Column(intI) 
 Next intI 
 Else 
 Debug.Print "You haven't selected an entry in the " _ 
 & "list box." 
 End If 
 
 Set frmCust = Nothing 
 
End Sub

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