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DoCmd.CopyObject Method (Access)

office 365 dev account|Last Updated: 6/12/2017
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The CopyObject method carries out the CopyObject action in Visual Basic.


expression. CopyObject( ** DestinationDatabase, ** NewName, ** SourceObjectType, ** SourceObjectName )

expression A variable that represents a DoCmd object.


NameRequired/OptionalData TypeDescription
DestinationDatabaseOptionalVariantA string expression that's the valid path and file name for the database you want to copy the object into. To select the current database, leave this argument blank.

Note In a Microsoft Access project (.adp) you must leave the destinationdatabase argument blank. If you execute Visual Basic code containing the CopyObject method in a library database and leave this argument blank, Microsoft Access copies the object into the library database.

| | NewName|Optional|Variant|A string expression that's the new name for the object you want to copy. To use the same name if you are copying into another database, leave this argument blank.| | SourceObjectType|Optional|AcObjectType|A AcObjectType constant that represents the type of object to copy.| | SourceObjectName|Optional|Variant|A string expression that's the valid name of an object of the type selected by the sourceobjecttype argument. If you run Visual Basic code containing the CopyObject method in a library database, Microsoft Access looks for the object with this name first in the library database, then in the current database.|


You can use the CopyObject action to copy the specified database object to a different Microsoft Access database or to the same database or Access project (.adp) under a new name. For example, you can copy or back up an existing object in another database or quickly create a similar object with a few changes.

You must include either the destinationdatabase or newname argument or both for this method.

If you leave the sourceobjecttype and sourceobjectname arguments blank (the default constant, acDefault, is assumed for sourceobjecttype), Microsoft Access copies the object selected in the Database window. To select an object in the Database window, you can use the SelectObject action or SelectObject method with the In Database Window argument set to Yes ( True ).

If you specify the sourceobjecttype and sourceobjectname arguments but leave either the newname argument or the destinationdatabase argument blank, you must include the newname or destinationdatabase argument's comma. If you leave a trailing argument blank, don't use a comma following the last argument you specify.


The following example uses the CopyObject method to copy the Employees table and give it a new name in the current database:

DoCmd.CopyObject, "Employees Copy", acTable, "Employees"

See also


DoCmd Object

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