Writing RichTextBox to Access in Visual Basic 2008

Posted on 2008-06-18
Last Modified: 2013-11-26
I am writing a program that allows the user to input formatted text into a rich text box in visual basic 2008. This information is then written to an access database (.mdb format), but the rich text formatting is not written to the database file, it only shows up as plain text.
Public Class NewJob

    Private m_cnadonetconnection As New OleDb.OleDbConnection

    Private m_dadataadapter As OleDb.OleDbDataAdapter

    Private m_cbCommandBuilder As OleDb.OleDbCommandBuilder

    Private m_dtJobs As New DataTable

    Private m_rowposition As Integer = 0

    Private Sub cbJobType_SelectedIndexChanged(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles cbJobType.SelectedIndexChanged

        cbJobSubType.Enabled = True

        If cbJobType.Text = "Technology" Then



            cbJobSubType.Items.Add("Business Systems")


            cbJobSubType.Items.Add("Database Administrator")

            cbJobSubType.Items.Add("Database Developer / Engineer")

        End If

        If cbJobType.Text = "Telecommunications" Then



            cbJobSubType.Items.Add("Field Technician")

            cbJobSubType.Items.Add("Project Management")

            cbJobSubType.Items.Add("Product Management")

            cbJobSubType.Items.Add("Software / Applications Engineer")

        End If

    End Sub

    Private Sub btnCancel_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles btnCancel.Click


    End Sub

    Private Sub btnPost_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles btnPost.Click


        newjob_ID = tbJobID.Text

        newjob_Title = tbJobTitle.Text

        newjob_Type = cbJobType.Text

        newjob_SubType = cbJobSubType.Text

        newjob_Years = cbYears.Text

        newjob_Location1 = tbLocation1.Text

        newjob_Location2 = tbLocation2.Text

        newjob_Description = rtbDescription.Text

        newjob_Map = cbMap.Text

        newjob_Keywords = tbKeywords.Text

        Dim drNewRow As DataRow = m_dtJobs.NewRow()

        drNewRow("JobID") = tbJobID.Text

        drNewRow("JobTitle") = tbJobTitle.Text

        drNewRow("JobCategory") = cbJobType.Text

        drNewRow("jobSubCategory") = cbJobSubType.Text

        drNewRow("JobExperience") = cbYears.Text

        drNewRow("JobLocation1") = tbLocation1.Text

        drNewRow("JobLocation2") = tbLocation2.Text

        drNewRow("JobDescription") = rtbDescription.Text

        drNewRow("jobMap") = cbMap.Text

        drNewRow("jobKeywords") = tbKeywords.Text



        m_rowposition = m_dtJobs.Rows.Count - 1




    End Sub

    Private Sub btnMapInfo_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles btnMapInfo.Click


    End Sub

    Private Sub NewJob_FormClosed(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.Windows.Forms.FormClosedEventArgs) Handles Me.FormClosed



    End Sub

    Private Sub NewJob_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Me.Load

        m_cnadonetconnection.ConnectionString = "Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source=C:\database\SKYFIRMJACKSON.mdb"


        m_dadataadapter = New OleDb.OleDbDataAdapter("Select * From JOBS", m_cnadonetconnection)

        m_cbCommandBuilder = New OleDb.OleDbCommandBuilder(m_dadataadapter)


    End Sub

End Class

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Question by:SkyFirm
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That's correct.  Until A2007, RFT is not supported.

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However, I have successfully used this free tool:

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Hi SkyFirm,

You have to save as Rtf format instead of Text. You need to use the property rtf

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jpaulino earned 500 total points
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If you save to the database as Rtf format it will save the format also (as plain text but with the formatting). The db field can be defined as text.

This is "jpaulino" in green with Microsoft Sans Serif font.

"{\rtf1\ansi\ansicpg1252\deff0\deflang2070{\fonttbl{\f0\fnil\fcharset0 Microsoft Sans Serif;}}
{\colortbl ;\red0\green128\blue0;}
\viewkind4\uc1\pard\cf1\f0\fs17 jpaulino\cf0\par}"

When you retrive form the db (access, sql, etc) you set it again like:

Me.RichTextBox1.Rtf = MyFieldFromDB
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by:Gustav Brock
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> The db field can be defined as text.

Minor correction: For all practical purposes, it should be defined as Memo.

mx: You are thinking of the HTML formatted rich text control of A2007. That is, of course, different from the original Rich Text Control of previous versions which used RTF formatting.

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"That's correct.  Until A2007, RFT is not supported."

Actually, I'm thinking of the fact the A2007 supports Rich Text in text boxes - not a control.


"Replacing Code and Third-Party Controls"

"Saving Rich Text in a Field

In an Access 2007 Text field or Memo field, you have the option of saving unformatted text (as you always have in Access) or saving rich texttext that contains formatting such as bold and italic. To store rich text, you need to use a Text Box control on a form with its Text Format property set to Rich Text, as shown in Figure 25."
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by:Gustav Brock
ID: 21819666
Right, but that "rich text" is not RTF Rich Text but HTML. Not that this is bad, but it is somewhat confusing (at least it was to me).

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oops ...further down:

"Because Access 2007 stores its rich text in HTML format, instead of the Rich Text Format (RTF) format used by several third-party controls, you cannot just replace an ActiveX control with an Access 2007 control that provides similar functionality. If you are currently using a third-party control, and you have already stored RTF data in your database, you should continue using the existing control. If you are newly adding support for rich text to your application, however, use the new text box option instead."

Well ... still ... it's not a control.


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