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DSum Function [Access 2003 VBA Language Reference]

Office 2003

You can use the DSum functions to calculate the sum of a set of values in a specified set of records (a domain). Use the DSum function in Visual Basic, a macro, a query expression, or a calculated control.

For example, you could use the DSum function in a calculated field expression in a query to calculate the total sales made by a particular employee over a period of time. Or you could use the DSum function in a calculated control to display a running sum of sales for a particular product.

DSum(expr, domain, [criteria])

The DSum function has the following arguments.

Argument Description
expr An expression that identifies the numeric field whose values you want to total. It can be a string expression identifying a field in a table or query, or it can be an expression that performs a calculation on data in that field . In expr, you can include the name of a field in a table, a control on a form, a constant, or a function. If expr includes a function, it can be either built-in or user-defined, but not another domain aggregate or SQL aggregate function.
domain A string expression identifying the set of records that constitutes the domain. It can be a table name or a query name for a query that does not require a parameter.
criteria An optional string expression used to restrict the range of data on which the DSum function is performed. For example, criteria is often equivalent to the WHERE clause in an SQL expression, without the word WHERE. If criteria is omitted, the DSum function evaluates expr against the entire domain. Any field that is included in criteria must also be a field in domain; otherwise, the DSum function returns a Null.


If no record satisfies the criteria argument or if domain contains no records, the DSum function returns a Null.

Whether you use the DSum function in a macro, module, query expression, or calculated control, you must construct the criteria argument carefully to ensure that it will be evaluated correctly.

You can use the DSum function to specify criteria in the Criteria row of a query, in a calculated field in a query expression, or in the Update To row of an update query.

Note  You can use either the DSum or Sum function in a calculated field expression in a totals query. If you use the DSum function, values are calculated before data is grouped. If you use the Sum function, the data is grouped before values in the field expression are evaluated.

You may want to use the DSum function when you need to display the sum of a set of values from a field that is not in the record source for your form or report. For example, suppose you have a form that displays information about a particular product. You could use the DSum function to maintain a running total of sales of that product in a calculated control.

Note  Unsaved changes to records in domain aren't included when you use this function. If you want the DSum function to be based on the changed values, you must first save the changes by clicking Save Record on the Records menu, moving the focus to another record, or by using the Update method.


The following example totals the values from the Freight field for orders shipped to the United Kingdom. The domain is an Orders table. The criteria argument restricts the resulting set of records to those for which ShipCountry equals UK.

Dim curX As Currency
curX = DSum("[Freight]", "Orders", "[ShipCountry] = 'UK'")

The next example calculates a total by using two separate criteria. Note that single quotation marks (') and number signs (#) are included in the string expression, so that when the strings are concatenated, the string literal will be enclosed in single quotation marks, and the date will be enclosed in number signs.

Dim curX As Currency
curX = DSum("[Freight]", "Orders", _
    "[ShipCountry] = 'UK' AND [ShippedDate] > #1-1-95#")

You can use a domain function in the Update To row of an update query. For example, suppose you want to track current sales by product in a Products table. You could add a new field called SalesSoFar to the Products table, and run an update query to calculate the correct values and update the records. Create a new query based on the Products table, and click Update on the Query menu. Add the SalesSoFar field to the query grid, and enter the following in the Update To row:

DSum("[Quantity]*[UnitPrice]", "Order Details", "[ProductID] = " _
    & [ProductID])

When the query is run, Microsoft Access calculates the total amount of sales for each product, based on information from an Order Details table. The sum of sales for each product is added to the Products table.