Report.OnDeactivate property (Access)

Sets or returns the value of the On Deactivate box in the Properties window of a form or report. Read/write String.



expression A variable that represents a Report object.


This property is helpful for programmatically changing the action that Microsoft Access takes when an event is triggered. For example, between event calls you may want to change an expression's parameters, or switch from an event procedure to an expression or macro, depending on the circumstances under which the event was triggered.

The Deactivate event occurs when the form or report loses the focus to a Table, Query, Form, Report, Macro, or Module window, or to the Database window.

The OnDeactivate value will be one of the following, depending on the selection chosen in the Choose Builder window (accessed by choosing the Build button next to the On Deactivate box in the object's Properties window):

  • If you choose Expression Builder, the value will be =expression, where expression is the expression from the Expression Builder window.

  • If you choose Macro Builder, the value is the name of the macro.

  • If you choose Code Builder, the value will be [Event Procedure].

If the On Deactivate box is blank, the property value is an empty string.


The following example associates the Deactivate event with the macro Deactivate_Macro for the Order Entry form.

Forms("Order Entry").OnDeactivate = "Deactivate_Macro"

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