3 Ways to Get and Set the TitleBar Text for an MS Access Application

Here are three ways to set the Application Title for an MS Access application. My preferred method allows getting and setting with a single line of code.

3 Ways to Get and Set the TitleBar Text for an MS Access Application

There are three ways to get and set custom title bar text for your Microsoft Access application:

  • Via the Options menu
  • Using VBA to directly set the "AppTitle" database property
  • Using my clsApp class module's .TitleBar property

Using the Options Menu

File > Options > Current Database > Application Title

Using VBA to Set the "AppTitle" Property

To get the value of the custom Application Title in code, you can reference the "AppTitle" property of the current database.

My Access App

To set a custom Application Title in code, you can assign a new value to the "AppTitle" property directly.  You will also need to call the RefreshTitleBar method of the Access.Application object to force the change to take effect:

CurrentDB.Properties("AppTitle") = "My Improved Access App"

Be careful, though!  If you've never set the Application Title in the Options menu for the current database, then the "AppTitle" property will not exist.  Trying to access it will return a run-time error:

You'll get the same error if you try to write to the property before it's been set in the Options menu:

You can still set the property in code, but you will have to call the CreateProperty method of the current database to create the AppTitle property and then Append it to the database's Properties collection:

Unfortunately, you can't just use the CreateProperty / Append approach blindly, as it will raise a different error if the property already exists:

None of these are particularly difficult challenges to overcome, but why reinvent the wheel?

Using clsApp's TitleBar Property

Every application I write contains a singleton class named clsApp.

With this approach, getting (or setting) the title bar is as easy as updating a String property of the App object instance:

App.TitleBar = "My Access App"

Debug.Print App.TitleBar

You don't have to worry about whether the property already exists, or to use the correct property name, or to risk a typo that won't get caught at compile time, or remember to refresh the title bar, etc.

The Code

For details about using clsApp, refer to the main clsApp article, which includes full source code for the clsApp class module (including the TitleBar property shown below).

Public Property Get TitleBar() As String
    TitleBar = Me.Prop("AppTitle", "Microsoft Access")
End Property

Public Property Let TitleBar(ByVal sTitleBar As String)
    Me.Prop("AppTitle") = sTitleBar
End Property

Referenced articles

clsApp: My Application-Wide MS Access Singleton Class Module
I use many class modules in my applications, but this is the one I cannot live without.

External references

Application.RefreshTitleBar method (Access)
Office VBA reference topic

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