How to add new fields to Access table in VB6

Let me show how to add a new field into an existing access database Table using Visual Basic 6.0.Using the tableDef and Filed object you can create new fields from within the code . 

Firstly, you need to create Database and Recordset object, make sure the DAO access object library is enabled/added to the project.

Create the UpdateTableField Sub

Sub UpdateTableField(tb As String, new_fld As String)Dim CHECK As Boolean
CHECK = False
Dim tbl As TableDef
Dim fld As Field
Dim strName As String
Set tbl = DB.TableDefs(tb)
  For Each fld In tbl.Fields
    If fld.Name = new_fld Then
      CHECK = True
    End If
If CHECK = False Then
   Set RS = Nothing
   With tbl
   Set fld = .CreateField(new_fld, dbText)
   fld.DefaultValue = “”
   .Fields.Append fld
  MsgBox “new Field Created !, check table”
  End With
  MsgBox “Field already exist !”End If

The ‘TableDefs’ method will fetch the table schema from the database which hold the field information and then fire the checking for table field. dbText hold the default data type. 

Use the sub

Dim DB As Database
Dim RS As Recordset
Private Sub Command1_Click()
Call UpdateTableField(“Table1”, “RoomID2”)
End Sub
Private Sub Form_Initialize()
Set DB = OpenDatabase(“F:\Manoj\Code\DB-AUTO-FIELD-ACCES\db3.mdb”)
End Sub

A new field “RoomID2” will be created in the ‘Table1‘ Table.
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