OnActivate Property [Access 2003 VBA Language Reference]

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


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


This property is helpful for programmatically changing the action 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 Activate event occurs when the form or report receives the focus and becomes the active window.

The OnActivate value will be one of the following, depending on the selection chosen in the Choose Builder window (accessed by clicking the Build button next to the On Activate box in the form or report's Properties window):

  • If Expression Builder is chosen, the value will be "=expression", where expression is the expression from the Expression Builder window.
  • If Macro Builder is chosen, the value is the name of the macro.
  • If Code Builder is chosen, the value will be "[Event Procedure]".

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


The following example associates the Activate event with the macro "Activate_Macro" for the "Order Entry" form.

Forms("Order Entry").OnActivate = "Activate_Macro"

Applies to | Form Object | Report Object

See Also | Activate Event | Deactivate Event | OnDeactivate Property