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ACC97: Sample Procedure to Determine Current Page of Tab Control

Article ID: 172616

Article Last Modified on 1/20/2007


  • Microsoft Access 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q172616

Moderate: Requires basic macro, coding, and interoperability skills.


You can selectively run Visual Basic for Applications code based on the tabs that you select in a tab control. To ensure that a particular block of code runs when you click a particular tab, use a Select Case statement with the Change event of the tab control itself, instead of using the Click event of the particular page.

In a tab control, a tab contains a page, but it is not actually part of the page itself. Therefore, the Click event of a page occurs when you click on the body of page, but it does not occur when you click the corresponding tab of the page. However, the Change event occurs every time you click a different tab. You can then use the Select Case statement to direct the flow of your code so that it depends on the index of the current page. The Value property of a tab control returns the index of the current page.

This article assumes that you are familiar with Visual Basic for Applications and with creating Microsoft Access applications using the programming tools provided with Microsoft Access. For more information about Visual Basic for Applications, please refer to the "Building Applications with Microsoft Access 97" manual.

NOTE: A demonstration of the technique used in this article can be seen in the sample file, FrmSmp97.exe. For information about how to obtain this sample file, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

175066 ACC97: Microsoft Access 97 Sample Forms Available in Download Center


CAUTION: Following the steps in this example will modify the sample database Northwind.mdb. You may want to back up the Northwind.mdb file and perform these steps on a copy of the database.

  1. Open the sample database Northwind.mdb.
  2. Open the Employees form in Design view.
  3. To select the tab control, click the arrow in the leftmost box on the formatting toolbar and select TabCtl0.
  4. On the View menu, click Properties, and then click the Event tab.
  5. Click to place the pointer in the OnChange box; then click the Build button and select Code Builder.
  6. Set the OnChange property of the tab control to the following procedure:

          Private Sub TabCtl0_Change()
             Select Case Me!TabCtl0.Value ' Returns Page Index.
                Case 0  ' Page Index for Page 1.
                   MsgBox "You have selected Company Info"
                Case 1  ' Page Index for Page 2.
                    MsgBox "You have selected Personal Info"
             End Select
          End Sub
  7. Close the module and the property sheet.
  8. On the View menu, click Form view.
  9. Click the Personal Info tab, and note that the following message appears:

          You have selected Personal Info.

    Then click the Company Info tab, and note that the following message appears:

          You have selected Company Info.


For more information about the using Select Case to control program flow, search the Help Index for "Select Case statement."

For more information about the Tab control, search the Help Index for "tab controls," or ask the Microsoft Access 97 Office Assistant.

Additional query words: tabcontrol onclick

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