Combobox selection driving another combobox

Posted on 2011-09-08
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Hi im using the following code which should basically only make Combo2 visible if Combo1's selection is not "insurance".  This code is on the AfterUpdate but does not work can someone point out where im going wrong?  Cheers    

Also could I add some code which drives the values that are available in Combo2's dropdown based on the User Selection in Combo1.

    If Combo1.value = "Insurance" Then
        Combo2.Visible = False
        Combo2.Visible = True
    End If
Question by:JSSenior
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Accepted Solution

Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE ) earned 167 total points
ID: 36501856
In most cases, you must refer to the correct Column in your combo's rowsource. For example:

If Combo1.Column(1) = "Insurance" Then
  Combo2.Visible = False
  Combo2.Visible = True
End If

BTW, a quicker way to write this is:

Combo2.Visible = (Combo1.Column(1) = "Insurance")

Note too that the Column collection of a Combo is zero-based, so Column(1) is the SECOND column in the combo's Rowsource.
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Assisted Solution

peter57r earned 167 total points
ID: 36501858
You need to check the number of columns in combo1- if you have created it using the wizard then you might have a hidden ID column which is the true value of the combo.

To get combo2 to reflect the value in combo1, you need to set the rowsource of combo2.

On way to do this is to use the combo1 afterupdate event and do something like this for a number value for combo1...

Me.combo2.rowsource = "Select field1, field2 from table where fieldx = " & me.combo1

or  for a text value for combo1
Me.combo2.rowsource = "Select field1, field2 from table where fieldx = '" & me.combo1 & "'"
LVL 85
ID: 36501863
Forgot to mention:

Most UI experts agree that hiding/showing controls based on user selections is confusing and disconcerting to users. You are generally far better off enabling or disabling controls in those instancees. The exception to this would be if a control should only be shown to specific "groups" - for example, members of a Managers Group should be able to see ButtonA, but no one else should see that button. In those cases it's fine to hid controls.
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Author Comment

ID: 36501940
Great that works, thank you.  How about the second part of the question can I also drive the list of values that will be available in the dropdown on Combo2 depending on the value in Combo1?
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Expert Comment

ID: 36501986
Pete's solution should answer that...

Author Comment

ID: 36502030
Hi points value increased as my question had two parts.

As there is only a few options could I just list them in the VBA code?

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Assisted Solution

mbizup earned 166 total points
ID: 36502148
You would have to make the rowsource type Value List:

me.YourCombo.RowSourceType= "Value List"
If somecondition = true then
       me.YourCombo.rowsource = "a;b;c"
       me.YourCombo.rowsource = "1;2;3"
end if

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