Form.FilterOn property (Access)

Use the FilterOn property to specify or determine whether the Filter property for a form or report is applied. Read/write Boolean.



expression A variable that represents a Form object.


If you want to specify a server filter within a Microsoft Access project (.adp) for data located on a server, use the ServerFilter property.

To apply a saved filter, press the Apply Filter button for forms, or apply the filter by using a macro or Visual Basic by setting the FilterOn property to True for forms or reports. For reports, you can set the FilterOn property to Yes in the report's property sheet.

The Apply Filter button indicates the state of the Filter and FilterOn properties. The button remains disabled until there is a filter to apply. If an existing filter is currently applied, the Apply Filter button appears pressed in. To apply a filter automatically when a form or report is opened, specify in the OnOpen event property setting of the form either a macro that uses the ApplyFilter action or an event procedure that uses the ApplyFilter method of the DoCmd object.

You can remove a filter by choosing the pressed-in Apply Filter button, choosing Remove Filter/Sort on the Records menu, or using Visual Basic to set the FilterOn property to False. For reports, you can remove a filter by setting the FilterOn property to No in the report's property sheet.


When a new object is created, it inherits the RecordSource, Filter, ServerFilter, OrderBy, and OrderByOn properties of the table or query that it was created from. For forms and reports, inherited filters aren't automatically applied when an object is opened.

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