Clear Method (Err Object)

Clears all property settings of the Err object.



  • object
    Always the Err object.


Use Clear to explicitly clear the Err object after an error has been handled, such as when you use deferred error handling with On Error Resume Next. The Clear method is called automatically whenever any of the following statements executes:

  • Any type of Resume statement

  • Exit Sub, Exit Function, or Exit Property

  • Any On Error statement

  • Any Try...Catch...Finally statement


    The On Error Resume Next construct may be preferable to On Error GoTo when handling errors generated during access to other objects. Checking Err after each interaction with an object removes ambiguity about which object was accessed by the code: You can be sure which object placed the error code in Err.Number, as well as which object originally generated the error (the object specified in Err.Source).


This example uses the Err object's Clear method to reset the numeric properties of the Err object to zero and its string properties to zero-length strings. Without the call to Clear, the second call to MsgBox would display the same error message.

Sub ClearErr()
  ' Produce overflow error 
  On Error Resume Next 
  Dim zero As Integer = 0
  Dim result As Integer = 8 / zero
End Sub


Namespace: Microsoft.VisualBasic


Assembly: Visual Basic Runtime Library (in Microsoft.VisualBasic.dll)

See Also


How to: Retrieve Information from an Error Object


Err Object (Visual Basic)

Description Property (Err Object)

HelpContext Property (Err Object)

HelpFile Property (Err Object)

LastDllError Property (Err Object)

Number Property (Err Object)

On Error Statement (Visual Basic)

Raise Method (Err Object)

Source Property (Err Object)