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SelLeft Property [Access 2003 VBA Language Reference]

Office 2003

You can use the SelLeft property to specify or determine which column (field) is leftmost in the current selection rectangle. Read/write Long between 1 and the number of columns in the datasheet. The setting of this property specifies or returns the number of the leftmost column in the current selection rectangle.


expression Required. An expression that returns one of the objects in the Applies To list.


This property isn't available in Design view. This property is available only by using a macro or Visual Basic .

If there's no selection, the value returned by these properties is the row and column of the cell with the focus. If you've selected one or more records in the datasheet (using the record selectors), you can't change the setting of the SelLeft property.

You can use these properties with the SelHeight and SelWidth properties to specify or determine the actual size of the selection rectangle. The SelTop and SelLeft properties determine the position of the upper-left corner of the selection rectangle. The SelHeight and SelWidth properties determine the lower-right corner of the selection rectangle.


The following example shows how to use the SelHeight, SelWidth, SelTop, and SelLeft properties to determine the position and size of a selection rectangle in datasheet view. The SetHeightWidth procedure assigns the height and width of the current selection rectangle to the variables lngNumRows, lngNumColumns, lngTopRow, and lngLeftColumn, and displays those values in a message box.

Public Sub SetHeightWidth(ByRef frm As Form)

    Dim lngNumRows As Long
    Dim lngNumColumns As Long
    Dim lngTopRow As Long
    Dim lngLeftColumn As Long
    Dim strMsg As String

    ' Form is in Datasheet view.
    If frm.CurrentView = 2 Then
        ' Number of rows selected.
        lngNumRows = frm.SelHeight
        ' Number of columns selected.
        lngNumColumns = frm.SelWidth
        ' Topmost row selected.
        lngTopRow = frm.SelTop
        ' Leftmost column selected.
        lngLeftColumn = frm.SelLeft
        ' Display message.
        strMsg = "Number of rows: " & lngNumRows & vbCrLf
        strMsg = strMsg & "Number of columns: " _
             & lngNumColumns & vbCrLf
        strMsg = strMsg & "Top row: " & lngTopRow & vbCrLf
        strMsg = strMsg & "Left column: " & lngLeftColumn
        MsgBox strMsg, vbInformation
    End If
End Sub

Applies to | Form Object