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TimTDP
post Jul 12 2019, 02:07 AM
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I am having problems using the "ControlTip Text" property on a field
I have entered the text I want displayed in the property, but it does display when I hover the mouse over the field on a form
I have ensured that the position of the field on the form is "Bring To Front"
I have read that "ControlTip Text" is problematic. Is this correct?
How do I get "ControlTip Text" to work? Or should I find an alternative method?
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Phil_cattivocara...
post Jul 12 2019, 02:22 AM
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QUOTE (TimTDP)
"ControlTip Text" property on a field
ControlTipText is a textbox's property, not a field's property. (just to keep in mind the difference between fields and controls when we talk about forms)
QUOTE (TimTDP)
but it does display when I hover the mouse over the field on a form
Is there a typo in this sentence or... what did you expect? This is how it functions: "text that appears in a ScreenTip when you hold the mouse pointer over a control" (from TextBox.ControlTipText property (Access)
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I have read that "ControlTip Text" is problematic.
Where did you read it? Problems are everywhere, but there are many reasons and often a way to solve o prevent them.
For example: do you have code in form's Timer event or in textbox's mouseover event?

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TimTDP
post Jul 12 2019, 02:24 AM
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but it does display when I hover the mouse over the field on a form


Typo

but it does NOT display when I hover the mouse over the field on a form
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Phil_cattivocara...
post Jul 12 2019, 02:48 AM
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QUOTE (TimTDP)
it does NOT display when I hover the mouse over the field on a form
I imagined there was a typo but... now it's all clear.
Is it a form in datasheet view?
I read sometimes everything solves... recreating the form!
I do not know. I think we could be more "productive" in suggestions if you can upload something to try.

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strive4peace
post Jul 13 2019, 10:23 PM
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hi Tim,

Phil has given you some good advice. To add on to what he said about field vs control: Everything that displays on a form or report is in a control. A control may contain a field from the object Record Source and is specified in the Control Source property.

Control Tip Text can be slow to popup. I find it best to move mouse over a control, perhaps to the lower right area, and then let go of the mouse so the pointer quits moving.

For text that displays longer, whenever that control is active, set Status Bar Text (also on the Other tab of Properties) to show in the lower left corner of the screen on the status bar.
This post has been edited by strive4peace: Jul 13 2019, 10:35 PM

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TimTDP
post Jul 14 2019, 09:13 AM
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Thank you
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strive4peace
post Jul 14 2019, 11:47 AM
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you're welcome, Tim ~ happy to help


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isladogs
post Jul 14 2019, 04:52 PM
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I've never really liked control tip text because its not that obvious, slow to respond and sometimes doesn't appear at all as in this case.
In my experience, the main reason for non appearance is that there is another hidden control overlapping the same area and higher up in the Z-order.
Check in design view and either move the other control or arrange the one you need at the top.

You could try a different approach such as status bar text as already suggested.
My preference is a hidden label that is made visible on mouse move events. I use large font size and a colour such as magenta so it stands out.


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strive4peace
post Jul 14 2019, 07:32 PM
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hi Colin,

thought-provoking note about overlapping hidden controls! good idea to check z-order. Perhaps also careful placement with respect to label controls since they can't take the focus.

> "hidden label that is made visible on mouse move events"

what an interesting idea!!! thank you


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