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ACC: How to Use the Parent Property of a Subform

Article ID: 100025

Article Last Modified on 1/18/2007


  • Microsoft Access 1.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Access 1.1 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Access 2.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Access 95 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Access 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q100025

Novice: Requires knowledge of the user interface on single-user computers.


This article describes how to use a subform's Parent property to return the name of its parent form.


The following is the correct syntax for the Parent property in macro actions called from a subform:

   Forms![Main Form Name]![Subform ControlName].Form.Parent.Name





The following example demonstrates how to use the Parent property in a macro:

  1. Open the sample database Northwind.mdb (or NWIND.MDB in Microsoft Access 2.0 or earlier)
  2. Create and save the following macro:

          Macro: Get Parent Name
          Action: MsgBox
             Message: =Forms!Orders![Orders Subform].Form.Parent.Name
             Title: Parent Form Name
  3. Open the Orders Subform form in Design view. Add the Get Parent Name macro to the OnDoubleClick event of the ProductID field (or Product ID in versions 1.x and 2.0):

          Object: Text Box
          ControlName: ProductID (or Product ID in versions 1.x and 2.0)
             OnDblClick: Get Parent Name
  4. Save and close Orders Subform.
  5. Open the Orders form. Double-click the ProductID field in the subform. Note that the parent form name, Orders, is displayed.
  6. Close the Orders form. Open the Orders Subform form in Design view and remove the macro you added in step 2.

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