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GetSetting Function

Last modified: December 06, 2011

Applies to: Office 2013 | VBA

Returns a key setting value from an application's entry in the Windows registry or (on the Macintosh) information in the application’s initialization file.

Syntax

GetSetting(appname, section, key [, default])

The GetSetting function syntax has these named arguments:

Part

Description

appname

Required. String expression containing the name of the application or project whose key setting is requested. On the Macintosh, this is the filename of the initialization file in the Preferences folder in the System folder.

section

Required. String expression containing the name of the section where the key setting is found.

key

Required. String expression containing the name of the key setting to return.

default

Optional. Expression containing the value to return if no value is set in the key setting. If omitted, default is assumed to be a zero-length string ("").

Remarks

If any of the items named in the GetSetting arguments do not exist, GetSetting returns the value of default.

This example first uses the SaveSetting statement to make entries in the Windows registry (or .ini file on 16-bit Windows platforms) for the application specified as appname, and then uses the GetSetting function to display one of the settings. Because the default argument is specified, some value is guaranteed to be returned. Note that section names can't be retrieved with GetSetting. Finally, the DeleteSetting statement removes all the application's entries.

' Variant to hold 2-dimensional array returned by GetSetting.
Dim MySettings As Variant
' Place some settings in the registry.
SaveSetting "MyApp","Startup", "Top", 75
SaveSetting "MyApp","Startup", "Left", 50

Debug.Print GetSetting(appname := "MyApp", section := "Startup", _
                       key := "Left", default := "25")

DeleteSetting "MyApp", "Startup"


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