Monday, June 18, 2018

Retrieve Database (Extended) Properties

If you've ever wondered how to programmatically retrieve the information from the Summary tab when you click on "View and edit database properties" from the Info tab in Backstage View, then continue reading.

An example of the Summary tab information is shown in the image below.

If you try to loop through the CurrentDb.Properties collection, these particular properties are not present. For this reason, I consider them to be as "extended" database properties. To retrieve these extended properties, we can use a DAO object.

Here's an example code for specifically retrieving the extended properties found in the Summary tab.

Public Function GetSummaryInfo() As String

Dim db As DAO.Database
Dim dbContainer As DAO.Container
Dim dbDocument As DAO.Document
Dim dbProperty As DAO.Property

Set db = CurrentDb()
Set dbContainer = db.Containers("Databases")
Set dbDocument = dbContainer("SummaryInfo")

For Each dbProperty In dbDocument.Properties
    Debug.Print dbProperty.Name & ": " & dbProperty.Value

Set dbDocument = Nothing
Set dbContainer = Nothing
Set db = Nothing

End Function

The above technique can also be applied to retrieve some of the extended properties found in the other tabs (like Contents, for example). To see a demo file using this technique to examine the database properties for any Access database file, click the image below.
click on the above image to download the demo

I hope you find this article useful. Please let me know if you find any bugs in the demo.