Control.Object property (Access)

Use the Object property in Visual Basic to return a reference to the ActiveX object that is associated with a linked or embedded OLE object in a control. By using this reference, you can access the properties or invoke the methods of the OLE object. Read-only Object.



expression A variable that represents a Control object.


The Object property returns a reference to an ActiveX object. Use the Set statement to assign this ActiveX object to an object variable. The type of object reference returned depends on which application created the OLE object.

When you embed or link an OLE object in a Microsoft Access form, you can set properties that determine the type of object and the behavior of the container control. However, you can't directly set or read the OLE object's properties or apply its methods, as you can when performing Automation.

The Object property returns a reference to an Automation object that represents the linked or embedded OLE object. By using this reference, you can change the OLE object by setting or reading its properties or applying its methods. For example, Microsoft Excel is a COM component that supports Automation. If you've embedded an Excel worksheet in an Access form, you can use the Object property to set a reference to the Worksheet object associated with that worksheet. You can then use any of the properties and methods of the Worksheet object.

For information about which properties and methods an ActiveX object supports, see the documentation for the application that was used to create the OLE object.


The following example uses the Object property of an unbound object frame named OLE1. Customer name and address information is inserted in an embedded Microsoft Word document formatted as a form letter with placeholders for the name and address information and boilerplate text in the body of the letter. The procedure replaces the placeholder information for each record and prints the form letter. It doesn't save copies of the printed form letter.

Sub PrintFormLetter_Click() 
 Dim objWord As Object 
 Dim strCustomer As String, strAddress As String 
 Dim strCity As String, strRegion As String 
 ' Assign object property of control to variable. 
 Set objWord = Me!OLE1.Object.Application.Wordbasic 
 ' Assign customer address to variables. 
 strCustomer = Me!CompanyName 
 strAddress = Me!Address 
 strCity = Me!City & ", " 
 If Not IsNull(Me!Region) Then 
 strRegion = Me!Region 
 strRegion = Me!Country 
 End If 
 ' Activate ActiveX control. 
 Me!OLE1.Action = acOLEActivate 
 With objWord 
 ' Go to first placeholder. 
 .LineDown 2 
 ' Highlight placeholder text. 
 .EndOfLine 1 
 ' Insert customer name. 
 .Insert strCustomer 
 ' Go to next placeholder. 
 ' Highlight placeholder text. 
 .EndOfLine 1 
 ' Insert address. 
 .Insert strAddress 
 ' Go to last placeholder. 
 ' Highlight placeholder text. 
 .EndOfLine 1 
 ' Insert City and Region. 
 .Insert strCity & strRegion 
 End With 
 Set objWord = Nothing 
End Sub

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