Object Property [Access 2003 VBA Language Reference]

You can use the Object property in Visual Basic to return a reference to the ActiveX object that is associated with a linked or embedded OLE object in a control. By using this reference, you can access the properties or invoke the methods of the OLE object.


expression Required. An expression that returns one of the objects in the Applies To list.


The Object property returns a reference to an ActiveX object. You can use the Set statement to assign this ActiveX object to an object variable. The type of object reference returned depends on which application created the OLE object.

The Object property setting is read-only in all views.

When you embed or link an OLE object in a Microsoft Access form, you can set properties that determine the type of object and the behavior of the container control. However, you can't directly set or read the OLE object's properties or apply its methods, as you can when performing Automation. The Object property returns a reference to an Automation object that represents the linked or embedded OLE object. By using this reference, you can change the OLE object by setting or reading its properties or applying its methods. For example, Microsoft Excel is an COM component that supports Automation. If you've embedded a Microsoft Excel worksheet in a Microsoft Access form, you can use the Object property to set a reference to the Worksheet object associated with that worksheet. You can then use any of the properties and methods of the Worksheet object.

For information on which properties and methods an ActiveX object supports, see the documentation for the application that was used to create the OLE object.


The following example uses the Object property of an unbound object frame named OLE1. Customer name and address information is inserted in an embedded Microsoft Word document formatted as a form letter with placeholders for the name and address information and boilerplate text in the body of the letter. The procedure replaces the placeholder information for each record and prints the form letter. It doesn't save copies of the printed form letter.

Sub PrintFormLetter_Click()
    Dim objWord As Object
    Dim strCustomer As String, strAddress As String
    Dim strCity As String, strRegion As String

    ' Assign object property of control to variable.
    Set objWord = Me!OLE1.Object.Application.Wordbasic
    ' Assign customer address to variables.
    strCustomer = Me!CompanyName
    strAddress = Me!Address
    strCity = Me!City & ", "
    If Not IsNull(Me!Region) Then
        strRegion = Me!Region
        strRegion = Me!Country
    End If
    ' Activate ActiveX control.
    Me!OLE1.Action = acOLEActivate
    With objWord
        ' Go to first placeholder.
        .LineDown 2
        ' Highlight placeholder text.
        .EndOfLine 1
        ' Insert customer name.
        .Insert strCustomer
        ' Go to next placeholder.
        ' Highlight placeholder text.
        .EndOfLine 1
        ' Insert address.
        .Insert strAddress
        ' Go to last placeholder.
        ' Highlight placeholder text.
        .EndOfLine 1
        ' Insert City and Region.
        .Insert strCity & strRegion
    End With
    Set objWord = Nothing
End Sub

Applies to | BoundObjectFrame Object | Control Object | CustomControl Object | ObjectFrame Object

See Also | Automation with Microsoft Access