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MS Access 2003: Access a value from a table using VBA code

This MSAccess tutorial explains how to retrieve a value from a table using VBA code in Access 2003 (with screenshots and step-by-step instructions).

Question: In Microsoft Access 2003/XP/2000/97, how can I access a value directly from a table using VBA code?

Answer: To access a value directly from a table using VBA code, you first need to create a new Module. To do this, open the Database window, select the Modules tab and click on the New button.

When the Microsoft Visual Basic window appears, you can create a new function to retrieve the value from the table. In our example, we're going to create a function called GetGST that retrieves the GST field from a table called GST.

We've pasted the following code into our new module:

Function GetGST() As String

   Dim db As Database
   Dim Lrs As DAO.Recordset
   Dim LSQL As String
   Dim LGST As String
   'Open connection to current Access database
   Set db = CurrentDb()
   'Create SQL statement to retrieve value from GST table
   LSQL = "select GST from GST"
   Set Lrs = db.OpenRecordset(LSQL)
   'Retrieve value if data is found
   If Lrs.EOF = False Then
      LGST = Lrs("GST")
      LGST = "Not found"
   End If
   Set Lrs = Nothing
   GetGST = LGST
End Function

You should now be able to reference this new function in a query, form, report, etc.

The query below depicts how you could reference the function called GetGST in a query.

Microsoft Access

If after trying this example, you receive a "not defined" error on the "Dim db as Database" declaration, you will need to follow some additional instructions.