Listing Object Library Reference Information in MS Access

by demtron on Friday, October 10, 2008 03:17 PM

When writing documentation for a Microsoft Access application, it's often important to provide information for on the object library references, especially for those apps that depend heavily on 3rd party or custom components. It's easy to obtain a list of references used, but what about attributes like File Version, Description, and Company? We can get these by opening the file properties in Windows Explorer and viewing the Version tab. If there are more than just a few references, this can be time consuming, especially if various attributes need to be copied and pasted elsewhere.

TypeLib comes to the rescue! TypeLib is a system DLL that can read the metadata contained in a DLL. Simply set a reference to %windir%\tlbinf32.dll, then add and run the following code in a module:

Public Sub ListAllReferences()
    Dim ref As Reference
    Dim tl As TLI.TypeLibInfo
    For Each ref In Access.Reference
        Set tl = New TLI.TypeLibInfo
        tl.ContainingFile = ref.FullPath
        Debug.Print ref.Name & "," & tl.HelpString & "," & ref.BuiltIn & "," & ref.FullPath
    Next ref
End Sub

Enjoy!


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