Visual Basic Reference

Visual Studio 6.0

Format Property (OLE Container Control)

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Returns or sets the format when sending data to and getting data from an application that created an object. Not available at design time.


object.Format [ = format]

The Format property syntax has these parts:

Part Description
Object An object expression that evaluates to an object in the Applies To list.
Format A string expression specifying the format used with the Data and DataText properties.


Use the ObjectAcceptFormats, ObjectAcceptFormatsCount, ObjectGetFormats, and ObjectGetFormatsCount properties to get a list of the acceptable data formats for a specific class of object.

Many applications that provide objects support only one or two formats. For example, Microsoft Draw accepts only the CF_METAFILEPICT format. Although CF_METAFILEPICT resembles the intrinsic constant vbCFMetafile (numeric value 3) defined in the Visual Basic (VB) object library in the Object Browser, it's actually a string literal and is assigned as:


In many cases, the list of formats an object can accept (ObjectAcceptFormats) is different from the list of formats an object can provide (ObjectGetFormats).