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WD2000: Compile Error When You Use the Visible Property of a UserForm

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When you attempt to set or change the Visible property of a UserForm, you may receive the following error message:
Compile Error: Function or interface marked as restricted, or the function uses an Automation type not supported in Visual Basic.

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This behavior can occur when you attempt to modify a read-only property. For example, the following sample Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications code generates the error message described in the "Symptoms" section:
Sub HideForm()
   UserForm1.Visible = False ' Generates a Compile error.
End Sub
Sub ShowForm()
   UserForm1.Visible = True  ' Generates a Compile error.
End Sub

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NOTE: The following sample code assumes that your form is named UserForm1. Replace UserForm1 with the name of your form or a reference to your form.

How to Use the Show and Hide Methods

The following sample code hides a UserForm:
Sub HideForm()
End Sub
The following sample code shows a UserForm:
Sub ShowForm()
End Sub

How to Use the Visible Property

The following sample Visual Basic code checks the Visible property of a form:
Sub CheckFormState()
   ' Determine whether the form is visible.
   If UserForm1.Visible = True Then
      MsgBox "The form is visible"
      ' Do something when the form is visible.
   End If
   ' Determine whether the form is hidden.
   If UserForm1.Visible = False Then
       MsgBox "The form is hidden"
       ' Do something when the form is hidden.
   End If
End Sub

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For additional information about getting help with Visual Basic for Applications, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
226118 OFF2000: Programming Resources for Visual Basic for Applications

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Keywords: KB212412, kbprogramming, kbprb, kbnofix

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Article Info
Article ID : 212412
Revision : 6
Created on : 11/23/2006
Published on : 11/23/2006
Exists online : False
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