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I am trying to set a combo box on an Access form to a value not present in the drop down list, which is empty. If I enter data, and try to set focus elsewhere on the form I am unable to do so - the empty drop-down box appears. If I delete all the entered data then I can move the focus away.  What do I have to do in order to set the value in the combo box?
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Question by:SimonKravis
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If the dropdown is empty, you'd have to add the value to your combo's recordsource in order for it to display later. for example, if you have a combo, and you add the value "Bob" to it, Access will store that value in the combo's underlying field, but it will NOT store that value in the combo's underlying recordsource (i.e. whatever supplies the combo's RowSource). So if you navigate over to a different record, then back to the first record, then your combo won't show the stored value, since it won't be in combo's rowsource.
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by:SimonKravis
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Does a VBA combo box allow entry of values not in the dropdown list? A VB one does, but VBA controls are often subtly different. If it doesn't then what I want to do isn't possible.
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Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE ) earned 2000 total points
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If you set the LimitToList property to No, Access will let you add anything you want in the combo. It will NOT, however, automatically add that to the Recordsource/RowSource of that control ... you must do that. The LimitToList and NotInList Event help topics explain this pretty thoroughly, with very good examples.
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