ACC2000: How to Get the Name and Path of the Current Database

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This article applies to a Microsoft Access database (.mdb) and to a Microsoft Access project (.adp).

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This article shows you how to create user-defined functions that return the name and path of the current database.


Microsoft provides programming examples for illustration only, without warranty either expressed or implied. This includes, but is not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. This article assumes that you are familiar with the programming language that is being demonstrated and with the tools that are used to create and to debug procedures. Microsoft support engineers can help explain the functionality of a particular procedure, but they will not modify these examples to provide added functionality or construct procedures to meet your specific requirements. You can use the CurrentProject property to access the CurrentProject object and its related collections, properties, and methods. The CurrentProject object refers to the project for the current Microsoft Access project (.adp) or Access database (.mdb). The following example displays the full path, the path, and the file name of the currently open project.
  1. Create a module and type the following line in the Declarations section if it is not already there:
    Option Explicit
  2. Type the following procedures:
    Function GetFullPath()
       'Returns full path including file to currently opened MDB or ADP
       GetFullPath = CurrentProject.FullName 
    End Function
    Function GetPath()
       'Returns the path to currently opened MDB or ADP
       GetPath = CurrentProject.Path 
    End Function
    Function GetName()
       'Returns the filename of the currently opened MDB or ADP
       GetName = CurrentProject.Name 
    End Function
  3. To test these functions, type the following lines in the Immediate window, and then press ENTER after each line.
    ? GetFullPath()
    Note that the path and name of the current database are displayed in the Immediate window.
    ? GetPath()
    Note that the path of the current database is displayed in the Immediate window.
    ? GetName()
    Note that the name of the current database is displayed in the Immediate window.

    NOTE: Do not confuse the GetFullPath function with the CurDir$() function, which returns the path of the current folder (directory). The current folder may not be the folder where the current database is located.


For more information about the CurrentProject object, in the Visual Basic Editor, click Microsoft Visual Basic Help on the Help menu, type CurrentProject in the Office Assistant or the Answer Wizard, and then click Search to view the topic.


Article ID: 210395 - Last Review: October 11, 2006 - Revision: 2.2
  • Microsoft Access 2000 Standard Edition
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