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Control Tip Text
By Richard Rost   Richard Rost on Twitter Richard Rost on LinkedIn Email Richard Rost   2 months ago

Control Tip Text and Status Bar Text Properties

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In this video I will show you how to use Control Tip Text in your Microsoft Access forms to show the user more information about a control (such as a button) as they hover over it. We'll also see how to use the Status Bar Text for controls like text boxes.

Morgan from Dover, New Hampshire (a Platinum Member) asks: Is there any way that I can give my users a little more information about what certain buttons do before they click on them? I have a lot of buttons on one of my forms, so I have to make them small. The boss likes icons, not captions. Most of them are self-explanatory like "save" and "print" but the button to mark an order a shipped doesn't really lend itself well to an icon. What do you recommend?


Members will learn how to use a different technique involving the OnMouseMove event to display a larger help label on a form with full rich text, colors, etc. We'll also see how to use this to change the screen pointer type.

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Selby Halfpenny 
2 months ago
Dear Richard,

I think some past versions of Office used to have the Assistant show up as a ballon type. The Assistant I think is no longer used in current versions of Office.

Is there a way to use the Windows system to generate a Ballon type in Access? Read More...
Kevin Robertson
2 months ago
Form Design Aesthetics

You could use the MouseMove Events of the control and the section to open and close the form.
I would recommend a Public Sub in a Global Module to do the work to make things easier and prevent duplicate code.
Richard Rost
2 months ago
You could make a little popup form, position it wherever you want, and have it act like the tool tips. Maybe I'll play with something for a future video...
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