StringFromGUID Function [Access 2003 VBA Language Reference]
The StringFromGUID function converts a GUID, which is an array of type Byte, to a string.
The StringFromGUID function has the following argument.
|guid||An array of Byte data used to uniquely identify an application, component, or item of data to the operating system.|
The Microsoft Jet database engine stores GUIDs as arrays of type Byte. However, Microsoft Access can't return Byte data from a control on a form or report. In order to return the value of a GUID from a control, you must convert it to a string. To convert a GUID to a string, use the StringFromGUID function. To convert a string back to a GUID, use the GUIDFromString function.
For example, you may need to refer to a field that contains a GUID when using database replication. To return the value of a control on a form bound to a field that contains a GUID, use the StringFromGUID function to convert the GUID to a string.
Note that in order to bind a control to the s_GUID field of a replicated table, you must select the System objects check box on the View tab of the Options dialog box (Tools menu).
The following example returns the value of the s_GUID control on an Employees form in string form and assigns it to a string variable. The s_GUID control is bound to the s_GUID field, one of the system fields added to each replicated table in a replicated database.
Public Sub StringValueOfGUID() Dim ctl As Control Dim strGUID As String ' Get the GUID. Set ctl = Forms!Employees!s_GUID Debug.Print TypeName(ctl.Value) ' Convert the GUID to a string. strGUID = StringFromGUID(ctl.Value) Debug.Print TypeName(strGUID) End Sub
See Also | GUIDFromString Function