DataEntry Property [Access 2003 VBA Language Reference]

You can use the DataEntry property to specify whether a bound form opens to allow data entry only. The Data Entry property doesn't determine whether records can be added; it only determines whether existing records are displayed. Read/write Boolean.


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


The DataEntry property uses the following settings.

Setting Visual Basic Description
Yes True The form opens showing only a blank record.
No False (Default) The form opens showing existing records.

Note  You can set the DataEntry property by using a form's property sheet , a macro , or Visual Basic .

This property can be set in any view.

The DataEntry property has an effect only when the AllowAdditions property is set to Yes.

Setting the DataEntry property to Yes by using Visual Basic has the same effect as clicking Data Entry on the Records menu. Setting it to No by using Visual Basic is equivalent to clicking Remove Filter/Sort on the Records menu.

Note  When the Data Mode argument of the OpenForm action is set, Microsoft Access will override a number of form property settings. If the Data Mode argument of the OpenForm action is set to Edit, Microsoft Access will open the form with the following property settings:

  • AllowEdits — Yes

  • AllowDeletions — Yes

  • AllowAdditions — Yes

  • DataEntry — No

To prevent the OpenForm action from overriding any of these existing property settings, omit the Data Mode argument setting so that Microsoft Access will use the property settings defined by the form

Applies to | Form Object

See Also | AllowAdditions Property | AllowDeletions Property | AllowEdits Property | RecordsetType Property