Using Visual Basic with Microsoft Access

This section provides tutorial example on how to add a Visual Basic code in Microsoft Access database to be executed as a macro on database tables.

As a comparison, this tutorial shows you how to write Visual Basic code and run it as a macro with Microsoft Access.

Microsoft Access is a Microsoft application that can be used to store and manage data in database tables. Microsoft Access also supports a macro module that allows you to write macro code with Visual Basic (VB) language.

If you have Microsoft Access installed on your Windows system, you can follow the steps below to create a simple application in Visual Basic language within Microsoft Access.

1. Run Microsoft Access, and create a blank Access Database called vb_tutorial.mdb.

2. Click Insert > Module from the menu. The Microsoft Visual Basic window shows up.

3. Enter the following code into the empty code module:

Sub Main()
   MsgBox ("Hello world! - Visual Basic in Access")
End Sub

4. Click File > Save from the menu. Enter "Hello" as the module name and save it.

5. Click Run > Run Sub/UserForm from the menu. The macro selection dialog box shows up.

6. Select "Main" macro, and click "Run". A dialog box shows up with the following message:

Hello world! - Visual Basic in Access

Congratulations. You have successfully written a Visual Basic macro in Microsoft Access!

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Table of Contents

 About This Book

Introduction of VBScript - Visual Basic Scripting Edition

 What Is VBScript?

 Using VBScript with Internet Explorer

 Using VBScript with Internet Information Services

 Using VBScript with Windows Script Host

Using Visual Basic with Microsoft Access

 Variant Data Type, Subtypes, and Literals

 Arithmetic Operations

 Numeric Comparison Operations and Logical Operations

 String Operations - Concatenation and Comparison

 Variable Declaration and Assignment Statement

 Expression and Order of Operation Precedence

 Statement Syntax and Statement Types

 Array Data Type and Related Statements

 Array References and Array Assignment Statements

 Conditional Statements - "If ... Then" and "Select Case"

 Loop Statements - "For", "While", and "Do"

 "Function" and "Sub" Procedures

 Built-in Functions

 Inspecting Variables Received in Procedures

 Error Handling Flag and the "Err" Object

 Regular Expression Pattern Match and Replacement

 scrrun.dll - Scripting Runtime DLL Library

 Creating Your Own Classes

 IE Web Browser Supporting VBScript

 IIS ASP Server Supporting VBScript

 WSH (Windows Script Host)

 References

 PDF Printing Version