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ComboBox.MatchEntry Property

Office 2007
Returns or sets an Integer that indicates how a ComboBox searches its list as the user types. Read/write.



expression   A variable that represents a ComboBox object.


The settings for MatchEntry are:

0Basic matching. The control searches for the next entry that starts with the character entered. Repeatedly typing the same letter cycles through all entries beginning with that letter.
1Extended matching. As each character is typed, the control searches for an entry matching all characters entered (default).
2No matching.

The MatchEntry property searches entries from the TextColumn property of a ListBox or ComboBox.

The control searches the column identified by TextColumn for an entry that matches the user's typed entry. Upon finding a match, the row containing the match is selected, the contents of the column are displayed, and the contents of its BoundColumn property become the value of the control. If the match is unambiguous, finding the match initiates the Click event.

The control initiates the Click event as soon as the user types a sequence of characters that match exactly one entry in the list. As the user types, the entry is compared with the current row in the list and with the next row in the list. When the entry matches only the current row, the match is unambiguous.

In Microsoft Forms, this is true regardless of whether the list is sorted. This means the control finds the first occurrence that matches the entry, based on the order of items in the list. For example, entering either "abc" or "bc" will initiate the Click event for the following list:

Visual Basic Scripting Edition

Note that in either case, the matched entry is not unique; however, it is sufficiently different from the adjacent entry that the control interprets the match as unambiguous and initiates the Click event.

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