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Custom MsgBox Builder

Easy VBA Code Generator for Advanced Msg Boxes

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Introducing the Access Custom Message Box Template from Access Learning Zone, a powerful tool designed to enhance your Microsoft Access applications. This template simplifies the process of creating advanced, custom message boxes far beyond the basic functionality of standard message boxes. With it, you can easily customize various elements like dialog boxes, button labels, and form aesthetics, including colors, fonts, and sizes.

If you're a follower of my website, or my YouTube channel, you might recall my recent 10-part series on building custom message boxes. This series helps you create message boxes that surpass the basic, somewhat dull, built-in standard message box.

This new user-friendly template allows you to create your ideal message box by simply selecting from options on a form. You can adjust prompts, titles, button configurations, and even control elements like form dimensions and beep sounds. Once your design is set, the template generates the necessary VBA code, which can be effortlessly integrated into your Access database. 

Whether you're a novice or an expert, this template streamlines the process of building sophisticated message boxes, saving time and enhancing your database's user interface. For those interested in a deeper understanding, I offer a separate developer walkthrough. This guide will show you how to integrate the message box into your existing databases seamlessly, and I walk you through some of the code explaining how it was built.



This template is designed for those at a Developer level and requires a foundational understanding of Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). While it is not necessary to grasp the intricacies of the template's construction or modify the code, a basic familiarity with VBA concepts is essential. For those who are new to VBA or looking to brush up their skills, I provide comprehensive step-by-step instructions, making the integration process accessible even to beginners. To ensure you are well-prepared to use this template effectively, I recommend watching my free Intro to VBA video, which lays the groundwork for understanding and utilizing this tool. With this foundation, you'll be able to seamlessly integrate the custom message box template into your Access database, enhancing its functionality and user experience.

Sample Database

There is no free sample for this database. If you want to see how the template builds custom message boxes I recommend watching the Custom MsgBox video series and you can build those message boxes yourself. This tool essentially helps automate that process.

Full Developer Database

Once you have purchased the full developer database template, you may come back to this page and download the full template. This will give you access to the ZIP file containing the Template ACCDB file. The full version will run on 32-bit or 64-bit Access 2007 or higher. Be sure to watch the Developer Explainer Video (above).


Purchase Template

Please be sure to read the Before You Purchase section below before buying this template.

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  • Construct MsgBox Code Automatically: Just enter or select the options you want, and the template does the tedious job of writing the VBA for you. You can then easily copy and paste it into your database wherever you want.


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Before You Purchase

A few important notes before you purchase this template:

  • I strongly recommend watching the free videos in the Custom MsgBox series before purchasing this template so you understand exactly what this template helps you to build.
  • Please note that this is designed to be a standalone template. If you purchase the database you will get the unlocked source code and you can modify it yourself however the coding in the database is quite complex and I will not support you if you're trying to make changes to it yourself.
  • Backup. Backup. Backup again! Always make a backup copy of your information before relying on this database. If you're not sure how to do that, please see my Backup video.
  • Remember, we do our best to help you here in the Forums on the website, but technical support is not guaranteed.
  • This application is indeed a 1.0 version. Bugs are always possible. If you find one, let me know. I'll do my best to fix it, but only if it occurs in the stock version of the database - not a copy you've modified.

Possible Future Upgrade Ideas

If you have ideas on things you'd like to see added to this database, please post a comment below. If a particular feature garners enough interest or if I consider it to be a particularly good idea, then I will definitely consider adding it. Some ideas already suggested:

  • Option to write out all of the parameters whether or not you've used the default values. This would ensure your code stays "future proof" in case you decide to change the default values in the MyMsgBox code later.
  • Adding images
  • Adding more icons, perhaps from an internal table, or even more system icons
  • Calculating the size of the MyMsgBox on the fly based on the text in the prompt (more text = bigger box)


For internal use only. This template does NOT come with a royalty-free license. You may only customize the template for your business needs and for use within your organization at one location ONLY. You may not resell or distribute any form of this template to others without express written permission. Contact me for additional information on obtaining a license to distribute if you plan on including this template in a product you are reselling. Additional licenses are required if you plan on using this template with more than ten (10) employees or in multiple locations within your organization.

Not a Finished Product

Please keep in mind that most of my template databases are not designed to be finished products that are ready to go in a working environment. My templates are meant as starting points for you to customize for yourself so you don't have to reinvent the wheel. This requires that you have a basic understanding of Microsoft Access development. To work on most of my databases you should have completed my Access Beginner series and the first couple levels of my Expert series at a minimum. Most of my databases require knowledge of SQL and VBA as well. 

Customize For Your Needs

If you would like to discuss customizing this template for your needs, and integrating it into your current setup, please see my consulting page for details. While I no longer accept custom jobs that are specific to a single user, I may include your features in a future version of this template if they have mass appeal. If you are looking for custom enhancements made to this template just for you, visit my Developer Network.

Technical Support

Please note that technical support is NOT guaranteed for any of my courses, seminars, or templates. If you require help with modifying this template, you may post a question in the Forums, however an answer to your question is not guaranteed. If this template comes with an accompanying Seminar, then you should purchase that Seminar to see how the database was constructed. If not, then you should have taken the suggested courses. Most of my templates are designed on a Developer level and you should have a thorough understanding of SQL and VBA before attempting to modify them. If you have a problem with one of my databases, I will only support the unmodified database exactly as it's downloaded from my site. If you have modified it in any way, it may not be something I can help you with. You can post in the Forums, and I may be able to help you, but if the issue doesn't exist in my unmodified database, it's not something I can support.


Got sales or customer service questions about this template? Feel free to contact me. If you have technical "how do I" questions about this template, you discover a bug, or want to suggest a new feature, then please post your comments below.


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