Tag Property [Access 2003 VBA Language Reference]

Stores extra information about a form, report, data access page, section, or control needed by a Microsoft Access application. Read/write String.


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


You can enter a string expression up to 2048 characters long. The default setting is a zero-length string (" ").

You can set this property by using the object's property sheet , a macro , or Visual Basic .

Unlike other properties, the Tag property setting doesn't affect any of an object's attributes.

You can use this property to assign an identification string to an object without affecting any of its other property settings or causing other side effects. The Tag property is useful when you need to check the identity of a form, report, data access page, section, or control that is passed as a variable to a procedure.


The following example uses the Tag property to display custom messages about controls on a form. When a control has the focus, descriptive text is displayed in a label control called lblMessage. You specify the text for the message by setting the Tag property for each control to a short text string. When a control receives the focus, its Tag property is assigned to the label control's Caption property. This example displays the descriptive text for a text box named txtDescription and a command button named cmdButton on a form.

Sub Form_Load()
    Dim frmMessageForm As Form
    Set frmMessageForm = Forms!Form1
    frmMessageForm!lblMessage.Caption = ""         ' Clear text.
    frmMessageForm!txtDescription.Tag = "Help text for the text box."
    frmMessageForm!cmdButton.Tag = "Help text for the command button."
End Sub

Sub txtDescription_GotFocus()
    ' Tag property setting as caption.
    Me!lblMessage.Caption = Me!txtDescription.Tag
End Sub

Sub txtDescription_LostFocus()
    Me!lblMessage.Caption = ""
End Sub

Sub cmdButton_GotFocus()
    ' Tag property setting as caption.
    Me!lblMessage.Caption = Me!cmdButton.Tag         
End Sub

Sub cmdButton_LostFocus()
    Me.lblMessage.Caption = " "
End Sub

Applies to | BoundObjectFrame Object | CheckBox Object | ComboBox Object | CommandButton Object | CustomControl Object | Form Object | Image Object | Label Object | Line Object | ListBox Object | ObjectFrame Object | OptionButton Object | OptionGroup Object | Page Object | PageBreak Object | Rectangle Object | Report Object | Section Object | SubForm Object | TabControl Collection | TextBox Object | ToggleButton Object

See Also | Name Property