VB 6 Declaring Functions

In the previous article, we learned about subroutines. You will learn about VB 6 functions in this article and learn the difference between a function and a subroutine.


A Vb 6 subroutine receives an argument but does not return anything. However, a function takes an argument and returns a value. A VB 6 function is a block of code that can separate your program into manageable parts.

Declaring a VB 6 Function

[Private | Public | Friend] [Static] Function name [(arglist)] [As type]

[Exit Function]
End Function
  • Public keyword – All procedures in all other modules and forms can access the function.
  • Private keyword – All procedures and function in the same module or form where the function is declared can access it.
  • Friend keyword – Used only in modules that uses classes and it means that all procedures throughout the project can access this function except the controller of an instance of an object.
  • Static – Normally, a local variable to a function get destroyed when function terminates. Static keyword keeps the value of a local variable intact between function calls.
  • Function name – User-defined name for the function.
  • arglist – A list of variables passed as arguments to the function.
  • type – The return data type of the function.
  • Statements – A group of statements that a function can execute.
  • Exit Function – A way to exit the function immediately before it could complete execution.
  • End Function – Terminates the function upon completion.

How to declare arglist in the function?

Arguments to a function are values that the function will use to complete a calculation or complete a task.

To call a function you have to use the function name and the list of arguments which uses the following syntax.

[Optional][ByVal|ByRef][ParamArray] varname[()] [As type][= defaultvalue]

Now, we will briefly discuss the list above.

Optional – This keyword means that the arglist is optional and not required.

ByRef – This keyword means that a reference to the original value is passed through the function.This is true by default.


ByVal – This keyword means that the original value of the variable is passed to the function.

ParamArray – Usually you can send limited number of variables through a function, however, if you need to send a list of values of same type use the ParamArray or nothing at all, because this is optional.

varname – It is the programmer-defined name of the argument.

type – This defines the data type of the argument.

defaultvalue – If you want to set a optional default value for a argument, this feature is helpful. If no value is supplied for a variable, then the function can use the default value for computation.

Example Program: VB Function

In this example, we will create a simple function that accepts two numbers and return their sum.

VB Code

Private Sub Command1_Click ()
Dim result As Integer
result = Sum (5, 23)
MsgBox ("Result = " + Str(result))
End Sub
Function Sum (number1 As Integer, number2 As Integer) As Integer
Sum = number1 + number2
End Function


Output- VB Function Add
Figure 1 – Output- VB Function Add


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