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By Richard Rost   Richard Rost on LinkedIn Email Richard Rost   7 months ago

Custom Dynamic MsgBox in Microsoft Access VBA

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In this Microsoft Access tutorial series, we focus on creating a custom message box using VBA, enhancing the standard MsgBox function.

We start by building a form similar to a MsgBox, adding key features such as OK and Cancel buttons, modality, and dialog options. The tutorial includes steps for positioning this custom MsgBox relative to the Access application window, which is particularly useful for multi-monitor setups.

We also cover advanced aspects like determining the Access window's dimensions dynamically, managing multiple parameters with OpenArgs, and customizing button captions. Additionally, you'll learn how to modify form aesthetics, including background color and font styles, and how to add icons. The tutorial also introduces unique features like custom beep sequences and dialog resizing. Overall, this tutorial combines practical demonstrations with essential theoretical concepts to provide a solid understanding of creating custom message boxes in Microsoft Access.

In Part 1, we will set up our MyMsgBox Form, and add OK and Cancel buttons. We will learn how to open a form in acDialog mode so that code execution STOPS until the user closes that form. Once the user clicks a button, we will save the user's choice to a memory variable, return that value to a calling function, and have that function return the value to the user's VBA code. We'll then learn how to move the form to the upper-left corner of the Access window because in a multi-monitor setup, the window tends to appear on the primary display. This fixes that problem.


In today's Extended Cut, members will learn how to center our dialog message box over the Microsoft Access application window.

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A subscriber on YouTube pointed out to me that the Auto Center form property will properly center a popup, modal, or dialog form over the Access application window. This did not used to be the case "back in the day" when I was developing apps for a living. The Access team must have fixed this in recent years. So, the code developed in the Extended Cut isn't necessary, but it's still good to learn in case you want to learn how to position a window anywhere on the Access screen. See:



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