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Display multiple Columns In Combo Box

Posted on 2012-09-07
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Last Modified: 2012-09-07
I have a combo box whose row source is:


Column Bound is 1

When the user selects the pull down I want to display all three columns.
Question by:seamus9909
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Expert Comment

ID: 38376294
YOu can display all 3 columns in the drop down list but once you have made a selection you will only see the first column displayed in the textbox part of the combo.  You cannot change that.

To see other values from the combo you should add unbound textboxes to the form and then use the afterupdate event procedure of the combo box to fill them.

Me.textbox1= me.comboboxname.column(1)   ' Lastname
Me.textbox2= me.comboboxname.column(2)   ' Firstname

Note that when using VBA code the first column is column(0)
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Expert Comment

ID: 38376302
You can display all column in the dropdown list by adjusting the column count and width properties accordingly, but you can only display one column in the textbox portion.

If your bound column is an ID and you want to display text, set the column width of the bound column to zero and the textbox portion of the combo will display the next column with a non-zero width.

To display multiple fields from your combos selected row however, you would need to set up textboxes for these values and set their respective control sources to:

= cboYourCombo.Column(0)
= cboYourCombo.Column(1)
= cboYourCombo.Column(2)
= cboYourCombo.Column(3)

etc (zero based column count)...


I cross posted with Pete.  There may be some additional information in this comment, but it largely duplicates what he already posted.
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Accepted Solution

clarkscott earned 2000 total points
ID: 38376363
You may want to edit the dropdown properties: Column Count, Column Headings (yes/no), Column Widths,  and LIST WIDTH.  
Column Count: 3
Column Headings: Yes
Column Widths: 2"; 2";1"
List Width: 5"  (add the column widths values)

Scott C
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Author Comment

ID: 38376462
Yes I don't need to create any additional text boxes I just want the user to be able to see

the  Company Name

before making their selections.

So the row source


Scott what would the values for the pulldown be The CompanyID shoud not be visible
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Expert Comment

ID: 38376502
Width = 0"
Make sure your column widths match the order of the columns in your recordsource (for the combo).
If ID is the first column, then
Column Widths:  0";2";2";2"

Scott C
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Expert Comment

ID: 38376510
Make sure the List Width adds up to the column widths.... 0 + 2 + 2 + 2 = 6"
or else they will be there.... but you won't see them.

Scott C

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