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Tab in Text Box
By Richard Rost   Richard Rost on LinkedIn Email Richard Rost   10 months ago

Simulate Tab Spacing Functionality in Text Boxes

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In this Microsoft Access tutorial, I'm going to teach you how to simulate tab-like spacing functionality in your text boxes.

David from Danville, Virginia (a Silver Member) asks: Is there any way to use the TAB key in Microsoft Access text boxes like you can in Word? Looks like text boxes don't allow tab characters, it just moves the focus to the next field. I'd like to keep my source code samples and other documents in Access. Plus I get spec sheets from one of my suppliers as plain text with a lot of tabbed columns and I'd like to store them in Access too. Any ideas?


Silver members will learn how to actually calculate the position of the cursor so we can place the spacing at the exact location without using SendKeys. We will also turn this into a global module so it's easily used from any form.

Gold members get an extra additional bonus Extended Cut where we will actually calculate tab stops every 4 spaces. This way you're not just inserting 4 spaces everywhere. If you're 3 characters in on the line, a tab will only insert 1 space. We'll calculate it based on position. Plus you can download the database, and get the code from the Code Vault (along with tons of other stuff).

Silver Members and up get access to view Extended Cut videos, when available. Gold Members can download the database template from class plus get access to the Code Vault. If you signed up on YouTube you have to register on my YouTube Find User page so I can set up your account here on my web site. If you're not a member, Join Today!



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