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By Richard Rost   Richard Rost on Twitter Richard Rost on LinkedIn Email Richard Rost   12 months ago

Build a Context-Sensitive Help System for Access

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In this video, I will show you how to create a context-sensitive help system for your Microsoft Access database. No messing around with HLP files. You can build the whole thing right inside your database using a table and a form. Or, if you prefer, I'll show you how to launch a web page so you can keep your help files online. 

Rick from Houston, Texas (a Platinum Member) asks: Can you create context sensitive help in Microsoft Access forms and/or reports? Something like clicking a field and hitting F1 to get a description or use for field. 


I will show you how to trap the F1 key so that you can utilize that keyboard event. Then I'll show you how to determine what the active form and active control are so you don't have to include an ID each time you open the Help form.

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Alex Hedley 
12 months ago
If you want to make a help system on the web, much like Microsoft does, that anyone can contribute to you could use docfx and deploy it on GitHub pages too.
Richard Rost
12 months ago
Garry Smith
7 months ago
I would like to see this with a generic sub as you mentioned for subforms without naming them all "Subform"
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