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Automatically changing subforms

Posted on 2004-04-27
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Hi.  I've overloaded a tab page with way too many pages, each of which contains a few calculated subforms which, overall, is overwhelming my application.

As opposed to cutting up the tabs into several, smaller tab pages, I wanted to see if I could just automatically change subforms via a script -- that is, simulate how a web page works with frames (i.e., you have a master "form", and depending on what buttons you press, it will open deferent "subforms" in a designated subform area).

Was wondering if I could click on a button, and have it change the data source of the subform (e.g., subforma, subformb, subformc)?  This would save me a lot of recoding time, and presumably reduce the burden on the application by keeping closed subforms that I'm not using anyway.

Many thanks!

Farron
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Question by:flevy
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by:SiJP
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Yep there is....

... in its simplest terms...

Private Function fChangeSubForm

 Dim mySubfrm as String
 mySubfrm = fsubSomeFormName

 subfrmobject.SourceObject = mySubFrm

End Function

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SiJP earned 250 total points
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Bit more detail...

If you want to change the subfrm by selecting it, you could have somthing like this:

Create a Combo box on your form (cboSubfrms)
Create a subfrm (Subfrm)

add code:

Private Sub cboSubfrms_Change()
 subfrm.SourceObject = cboSubfrms.Value
End Sub

Private Sub Form_Open(Cancel As Integer)
    cboSubfrms.ColumnCount = 2
    cboSubfrms.RowSourceType = "Value List"
    cboSubfrms.ColumnWidths = "0;4"
    cboSubfrms.RowSource = "fsubmysubfrm; My Sub Form; fsubmysubfrmagain; Another Sub Form"
End Sub

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by:flevy
ID: 10941800
Works great -- thanks.  One follow-on question...

When I change the subforms, how do I then grab values from that subform?  Whenever a new subform comes up, I wanted to grab a specific calculation from that subform.  However, I'm having difficulty doing that.  Logically, I'd like code to perform the following function:

For Form/subformA combination:
Form.sfAdatacapture = Form.subformA.finalcalc

Then, when Form/subformB displays, capture similar data:
Form.sfAdatacapture = Form.subformB.finalcalc

Problem is, once a new subform is in place, it doesn't seem to recognize the traditional Form.subform.control path.  Does the original Form.subform persist as some kind of mask, such that I need to code the controls on various subforms the sames way?

Thanks!
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by:flevy
ID: 10942725
Just tested the 'mask' theory another way, and it works.

Thanks for the initial solution.
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