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How do I call an Access procedure whose name is contained in a variable?

Posted on 2013-05-23
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Depending on the user selection, I would like to call any one of a number of procedures. This is done in a different section of the program so I stored the name of the procedure in a variable, e.g., VarName. When I tried calling the procedure later using Call VarName, it didn't work. I obtain the error, "Compile Error: Expected procedure, not variable".

How can I fix this?
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DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Access MVP) earned 500 total points
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Try this:

Dim VarName

VarName = "YourFunctionName()"

Call Eval(VarName)
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Don't forget the parens.

OR do this:

VarName = "YourFunctionName"

Call Eval(VarName & "()")
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by:geeta_m9
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Yes, both the solutions work. Thank you!
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You are welcome.
Look up Eval() in Help ... VERY helpful for this sort of thing and many others.
Although Help is not that helpful on this per se :-(
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by:geeta_m9
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Would I need to use the same method if I called a query within a variable?
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Not necessary ...

Dim sQryName As String

sQryName = "YourQueryName"

DoCmd.OpenQuery sQryName
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Great, thanks!
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