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By Richard Rost   Richard Rost on Twitter Richard Rost on LinkedIn Email Richard Rost   25 days 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?

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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 
18 days 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
18 days 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
18 days 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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