troubleshooting Question

More than three Conditional Formats VBA Access 2010

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Mudasir NooraniFlag for United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland asked on
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Hello Experts,

I have been made to understand that in Access 2010, one can set up to 50 Conditional Formats (I read this on some Microsoft Article on the internet).

However, how can one do this in code? Im asking because, on the Form_Load event, I have written some VBA code that calls a function which loops and adds more than three Conditional Formats in Access 2010, however, on the fourth attempt, I get an error telling me:

7966      The format condition number you specified is greater than the number of format conditions

The code is as below:

Sub ApplyConditionalFormatting()
'This Sub Procedure applies Conditional Formatting to the necessary controls
'based on the Fore Colour and Back Colour values in txtForeColor and txtBackColor

Dim objFrc As FormatCondition
Dim ctl As Control
Dim rstConditions As DAO.Recordset
Dim sqlString As String
Dim fcCounter As Integer

sqlString = "SELECT * FROM tblStaff"
Set rstConditions = CurrentDb.OpenRecordset(sqlString, dbReadOnly)

For Each ctl In Me.Controls
    If ctl.Tag = "Conditional" Then
        With ctl
            'Remove Format Conditions

            'Initialise recordset Pointer to move to First Record and value of fcCounter to 0 before entering the loop
            fcCounter = 0
            'Add Format Condtions to the Control Object
            While Not rstConditions.EOF
                Set objFrc = .FormatConditions.Add(acExpression, acEqual, "[txtStaffName] = '" & rstConditions!StaffName & "'")
                .FormatConditions(fcCounter).ForeColor = rstConditions!ForeColor
                .FormatConditions(fcCounter).BackColor = rstConditions!BackColor
                fcCounter = fcCounter + 1
        End With
    End If
Next ctl

Set objFrc = Nothing

Set rstConditions = Nothing

End Sub

I have tried using more than three Conditional Formats on the Form's Design View, and it works, why does it not work in Code?

Thanks and Well Appreciated in Advance.

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