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Hello guys.
In my project when I open a form the previous form is closed..
So I want to make a button that returns me to the previous form and closing the opened form

Example: FormA is open than I clicked a button that opened FormB and closed FormA now I clicked the "Previous" button that brought me back to FormA and closed FormB

I need to make this because I don't have time of making alot of macros
Apr 27 '12
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Mihail
759 Contributor
That's cool Smiley !!!!!
Until now I have write a lot of extra-code in order to obtain the same effect.
Thanks !
Apr 30 '12 #11
NeoPa
32,584 Recognized Expert Moderator MVP
That's actually very interesting Smiley. I don't work much with multiple instances myself (as I rarely have the need), but I can see the benefit of handling them. I'm a little less convinced about getting this from the Screen object though (which is certainly clever, but not so logically robust). Do form instances not have unique values for their .Name parameters? I would tend to prefer code where the calling form identification was passed from the calling form itself. If that has to be the index value for Forms, then so be it, but if the .Name is unique then I'd go for that instead.

Does that make sense?
Apr 30 '12 #12
omerdn1
4 New Member
I have a question..
There is a way I can let the program know which form was the last form? and then just put it on a variable or something?
and than I can return to any form
Apr 30 '12 #13
NeoPa
32,584 Recognized Expert Moderator MVP
Yes. There are two methods already included for that in this thread :
  1. Post #5 Line #2 of the first block of code.
    This code passes the name of the calling form to the called form. Smiley has indicated this may not be reliable when multiple instances of the same form are opened concurrently (I cannot confirm this at this time).
  2. Post #10 Line #6.
    This code determines the active form (with the fairly reliable assumption that this will be the same as the form that called it) when the Form_Open() procedure is run. It can play tricks when the form is opened from the database window, and maybe in other scenarios I haven't considered, but is otherwise pretty reliable.
omerdn1:
and than I can return to any form
You should appreciate that this is exactly what we've been discussing and suggesting solutions for all this time.
Apr 30 '12 #14
TheSmileyCoder
2,322 Recognized Expert Moderator Top Contributor
@ NeoPa

No instanced forms do not have unique names. I started using instanced forms while doing a review tool, in which the user would often want to copy/paste comments from 1 review into another review, and thus would like to have multiple reviews open at the same time. It does complicate things a bit sometimes, but its a very nice and handy feature.

Whether you could do it through the form collection and index, I dont really know. I haven't used that so much. A simple bit of error handling to the open and close procedure should take care of most issues, and if you have no frmPrevious to return to, simply open a default menu form. Another issue is that with instanced forms you can't (to my knowledge) pass openargs.
Apr 30 '12 #15
NeoPa
32,584 Recognized Expert Moderator MVP
Smiley:
Another issue is that with instanced forms you can't (to my knowledge) pass openargs.
Ah! That does rather put the kybosh on that approach then, for instanced forms at least. Thanks for the info.
May 1 '12 #16

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