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OL97: Syntax to Access Controls on User-Designed Form

Article ID: 158106

Article Last Modified on 2/12/2007


  • Microsoft Outlook 97 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q158106


When using Visual Basic Scripting Edition (VBScript) or Visual Basic for Applications to access controls in a user-defined form, particular syntax is required that might not be intuitive for new users. This article illustrates the correct syntax.


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The correct syntax for accessing and setting controls on a custom form is:

   I Item.GetInspector.ModifiedFormPages("PageName").Controls _


  • PageName is the name of the modified page in the form.
  • ControlName is the name of the control.
  • Property is the name of the property to be accessed or set.

For example, suppose that you have a form page named Update that contains a command button named cmdAllDone. The Caption property of this button is set to Cancel until a change is made somewhere on the form page. Once the change is made, the Caption property of the button changes to Close. The syntax to change the Caption property is as follows:

   Item.GetInspector.ModifiedFormPages("Update").Controls _
       ("cmdAllDone").Caption = "Close"


For more information about using fields and controls in Microsoft Outlook 97, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

168975 OL97: How to Use Fields and Controls with VBScript

For more information about creating solutions with Microsoft Outlook 97, please see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

166368 OL97: How to Get Help Programming with Outlook

170783 OL97: Q&A: Questions about Customizing or Programming Outlook

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