How to Add Multi Column Data to Listbox Access

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How to Add Multi Column Data to Listbox Access
Learn how to add data to a list box in Access using VBA. (background with binary data image by Pedro Nogueira from

Access is a relational database management system included in the Microsoft Office suite that is commonly used for smaller local databases. Knowing how to populate a list box in Microsoft Office Access can save you time when you need to display data. A list box control can be used to display data from a table through a Graphical User Interface or GUI. Visual Basic for Applications is a computer programming language that can be used for this task.

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  1. 1

    Start Microsoft Office Access 2007 and select "Blank Database" then click "Create."

  2. 2

    Select the "Create" tab and select "Form Design" to create a new form. Click "Button" on the "Controls" then left-click your form and drag to create a new button. Add a "List Box" control the same way you added the button.

  3. 3

    Right-click "List0", select "Properties" and click the "All" tab. Type "2" next to "Column Count". Select the "Data" tab and type "Value List" next to "Row Source Type."

  4. 4

    Right-click "Command0" and select "Properties". Click the "Event" tab and select "[Event Procedure]" next to "On Click". Click the ellipsis (...) to open the "Microsoft Visual Basic" Window.

    Press "Ctrl" and "A" and press "Delete" to remove existing code.

  5. 5

    Copy and paste the following code into your module. This code will add data to both columns in your list box control.

    Option Compare Database

    Private Sub Command0_Click()

    Dim dataToWrite As String

    dataToWrite = "Column 1 - Row 1; Column 2 - Row 1; "

    dataToWrite = dataToWrite & "Column 1 - Row 2; Column 2 - Row 2"

    Me.List0.RowSource = dataToWrite

    End Sub

  6. 6

    Close the "Microsoft Visual Basic" Window and right-click "Form1" then select "Form View". Click "Command0" to execute your code.

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