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Highlight the Current Control
Code vs. property
Many users have trouble knowing which text box on a form they're currently working with. One way to make it clear for users is to highlight the current one, for example, with a yellow background.
Access allows you to do this with conditional formatting, but you can also get a similar result using code.
To do so, create a new module and add the following code:
Function Highlight(Stat As String) As Integer Dim ctrl As Control On Error Resume Next Set ctrl = Screen.ActiveControl If Stat = "GotFocus" Then ctrl.BackColor = 65535 ElseIf Stat = "LostFocus" Then ctrl.BackColor = 16777215 End If End Function
Save and close the module, then open the form you want to apply the highlighting to in Design view.
Click the Code button and insert
in each textbox control's GotFocus event procedure. Likewise, add
Highlight("LostFocus")to each textbox's LostFocus event procedure.
When you've finished,save the changes, close the VBE, and switch to Form view.
When you tab to a field, it's shaded yellow. When you tab away from the field, its background is restored to white.
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<Doug Klippert@ 3:34 AM
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