BackColor Property

Applies to

BoundObjectFrame Object

ObjectFrame Object

ComboBox Object

OptionGroup Object

FormatCondition Object

Rectangle Object

Image Object

Section Object

Label Object

TextBox Object

ListBox Object

You can use the BackColor property to specify the color for the interior of a control or section. Read/write Long.


expression Required. An expression that returns one of the objects in the Applies To list.


The BackColor property contains a numeric expression that corresponds to the color used to fill a control's or section's interior.

You can use the Color Builder to set this property by clicking the Build button to the right of the property box in the property sheet. Using the Color Builder enables you to define custom back colors for controls or sections.

You can also set this property by using a control's or section's property sheet, a macro, or Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) code, or by using the Fill Color command under Font (on the Design or Format tab, depending on whether you are in Design view or Layout view).

In Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) code, use a numeric expression to set this property. This property setting has a data type of Long.

You can set the default for this property by using a control's default control style or the DefaultControl property in VBA code.

For Table objects you can set this property using the Fill Color command under Font on the Data tab, or in VBA code by using the DatasheetBackColor property.


To use the BackColor property, the BackStyle property, if available, must be set to Normal.


The following example uses the RGB function to set the BorderColor, BackColor, and ForeColor properties depending on the value of the txtPastDue text box. You can also use the QBColor function to set these properties. Putting the following code in the Form_Current( ) event sets the control display characteristics as soon as the user opens a form or moves to a new record.

Sub Form_Current()
Dim curAmntDue As Currency, lngBlack As Long
Dim lngRed As Long, lngYellow As Long, lngWhite As Long
If Not IsNull(Me!txtPastDue.Value) Then
curAmntDue = Me!txtPastDue.Value
Exit Sub
End If
lngRed = RGB(255, 0, 0)
lngBlack = RGB(0, 0, 0)
lngYellow = RGB(255, 255, 0)
lngWhite = RGB(255, 255, 255)
If curAmntDue > 100 Then
Me!txtPastDue.BorderColor = lngRed
Me!txtPastDue.ForeColor = lngRed
Me!txtPastDue.BackColor = lngYellow
Me!txtPastDue.BorderColor = lngBlack
Me!txtPastDue.ForeColor = lngBlack
Me!txtPastDue.BackColor = lngWhite
End If
End Sub
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