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Posted on 2004-08-23
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is it possible to create a control at run time? or on the click of a button is MS Access 2003? if so how?
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Question by:Y2Kingswood
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Yes, but generally speaking it's very bad idea to do this. Anytime you add controls, you run the risk (matter of fact, it's almost CERTAIN) of decompiling your application, and a decompiled application is an unstable application. Yes, you can recompile and Compact after each one of thes operations, but that requires the user to exit the application - definitely not the best of operations.

However, if you must, lookup CreateControl in online help. There's a pretty good example of how to do this.
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see the thing is i dont want to have to do this in design view all i want is for the user to say for example i need 2 textbox then 2 textbox's will apear, i could have them hidden and have a limit on how many you could have but i didnt really want to do it like that
what do you think??
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Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE ) earned 200 total points
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Yes, you can add as many controls as you think you may need and set them all .Visible=False. When the users selects the # on controls, you'd just reset to .Visible=True. If you name your controls something like ctl1, ctl2, ctl3 etc, then you can do this ina loop

Assuming you have a textbox on your form named ctlNumOfControls

dim intCount as Integer

For intCount = 1 to Me.ctlNumOfControls
  Me.Controls("ctl" & cstr(intCount)).Visible = True
next intCount

To "reset" the controls back to invisible:

For intCount = 1 to TheTotalNumberOfYourControls
  Me.Controls("ctl" & cStr(intCount).Visible = False
Next intCount

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I think that will do nicely as CreateControl seems a bit extreme.
Thanks!
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