DoCmd.OpenView method (Access)

The OpenView method carries out the OpenView action in Visual Basic.


expression.OpenView (ViewName, View, DataMode)

expression A variable that represents a DoCmd object.


Name Required/Optional Data type Description
ViewName Required Variant A string expression that's the valid name of a view in the current database. If you execute Visual Basic code containing the OpenView method in a library database, Microsoft Access looks for the view with this name first in the library database, and then in the current database.
View Optional AcView An AcView constant that specifies the view in which the view will open. The default value is acViewNormal.
DataMode Optional AcOpenDataMode An AcOpenDataMode constant that specifies the data entry mode for the view. The default value is acEdit.


In an Access project, you can use the OpenView method to open a view in Datasheet view, view Design view, or Print Preview. This action runs the named view when opened in Datasheet view. You can select data entry for the view and restrict the records that the view displays.

If you don't want to display the system messages that normally appear when a view is run (indicating it's a view and showing how many records will be affected), you can use the SetWarnings method to suppress the display of these messages.


The following example opens the Employees view.

DoCmd.OpenView "Employees"

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