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By Richard Rost   Richard Rost on Twitter Richard Rost on LinkedIn Email Richard Rost   9 months ago

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In this video, I'm going to teach you how to use a timer event in Microsoft Access to make text boxes in your form flash on and off and change color if they have a particular value. For example, if someone has been a customer since 1990, have them flash red. You can use the same technique to show expired registrations, overdue books, past due accounts, and more.

Paul in Shropshire, United Kingdom (a Platinum Member) asks: How can I make a text box in my form blink on and off if it has a specific value?


I'll show you how to get the same effect in continuous forms, which is a lot more involved, but super cool. I'll also show you how to stop the flashing if the user clicks on any field to edit.

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Brian Deluna 
51 days ago
I am a silver member. I watched the extended cut video on how to create flashing field in a continuous form. I did apply it on the tick box command but I failed.

Could you please help me make a vba to make a text box flashing from a tick command. Read More...
Richard Rost
51 days ago
That's covered in the Extended Cut for Flashing Text. You just need to add an If/Then condition based on the value of your CHECK BOX (not "tick" box).
Brian Deluna
51 days ago
Richard this is the original VBA I made in a continuous form, it did function, however when I untick the LIVE checkbox in  one row of the continuous form it also affect the other rows.

Private Sub Form_Timer()
If LIVE= -1 Then
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Paul Evans 
9 months ago
Can anybody please help me. I have used the following sub routine which works exactly as I want it to. However I want to use this sub routine as a copy on other fields besides VehicleMake. I have tried copy and paste and altered the field name but this does not  work. Read More...
Richard Rost
9 months ago
It should work fine for any text box.
Paul Evans
9 months ago
If I use copy and paste which, (for example is WhereSeen) BOTH fields flash. I only want the field I have selected to flash. Where is my VBA code wrong?
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Paul Evans 
9 months ago
In your video Private Sub Form_Timer()the first line reads:-
   If customersince #1/1/1990# Then

How would this  have been wriiten if you had used:-
Richard Rost
9 months ago
Sorry, Paul, but I don't understand what you're asking. Are you trying to use State for the trigger?

If State="NY" Then...
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