Application.CurrentObjectName property (Access)

Use the CurrentObjectName property with the Application object to determine the name of the active database object. The active database object is the object that has the focus or in which code is running. Read-only String.



expression A variable that represents an Application object.


The CurrentObjectName property is set by Microsoft Access to a string expression containing the name of the active object.

The following conditions determine which object is considered the active object:

  • If the active object is a property sheet, command bar, menu, palette, or field list of an object, the CurrentObjectName property returns the name of the underlying object.

  • If the active object is a pop-up form, the CurrentObjectName property refers to the pop-up form itself, not the form from which it was opened.

  • If the active object is the Database window, the CurrentObjectName property returns the item selected in the Database window.

  • If no object is selected, the CurrentObjectName property returns a zero-length string (" ").

  • If the current state is ambiguous (the active object isn't a table, query, form, report, macro, or module), for example, if a dialog box has the focus, the CurrentObjectName property returns the dialog box name.


Use this property with the SysCmd method to determine the active object and its state (for example, if the object is open, new, or has been changed but not saved).

The following example uses the CurrentObjectType and CurrentObjectName properties with the SysCmd function to determine if the active object is the Products form and if this form is open and has been changed but not saved. If these conditions are true, the form is saved and then closed.

Public Sub CheckProducts() 
 Dim intState As Integer 
 Dim intCurrentType As Integer 
 Dim strCurrentName As String 
 intCurrentType = Application.CurrentObjectType 
 strCurrentName = Application.CurrentObjectName 
 If intCurrentType = acForm And strCurrentName = "Products" Then 
 intState = SysCmd(acSysCmdGetObjectState, intCurrentType, _ 
 ' Products form changed but not saved. 
 If intState = acObjStateDirty + acObjStateOpen Then 
 ' Close Products form and save changes. 
 DoCmd.Close intCurrentType, strCurrentName, acSaveYes 
 End If 
 End If 
End Sub

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