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powerbits
post Aug 3 2004, 05:11 AM
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Hi,
I was wondering if access 2003 now (finaly) has the possibilaty to give us window XP buttons, XP drop down boxes etc...
Is there a settings I must change because for me he still gives me the old and ugly square buttons...
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JayNoelOlimpo
post Aug 3 2004, 05:58 AM
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Have a look at this one ...
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adaytay
post Aug 3 2004, 06:38 AM
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Hi PowerBits,
understand what you want to do - unforunately I don't think it's actually possible in 2003 to do this.
What you could do however is create an image to mimic the appearance of a blank button, pop a plain text label over the top, and then use the OnClick event to mimic the button behaviour. You could even go so far as to creating a "pushed" button appearance, too!
Hope this helps. I too wish the feature was available but, alas, nope :(
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JayNoelOlimpo
post Aug 3 2004, 07:21 AM
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Here's another POST to guide you ...
And this POST ...
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JayNoelOlimpo
post Aug 3 2004, 07:30 AM
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Hi Powerbits: I see you have been to that second post beautiful UI isn't it.
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Dom DXecutioner
post Aug 3 2004, 10:15 AM
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jholimpo - you're making me blush. lol blush.gif thanks.gif
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powerbits
post Aug 3 2004, 12:36 PM
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Hey jholimpo,
any thanks for your responce. However I am to using the graphical way to create my buttons.
like my main switchboard
but I wanted to know if access 2003 could extend its XP theme to its controls too...
For example in VB 6 you can use a manifest wich changes the square buttons to the XP buttons (and other controls)
Its a shame access 2003 does not do it because it has a beatiful frame and toolbars...
but thanks for your links...
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powerbits
post Aug 3 2004, 12:38 PM
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Xyonx, its great...as i have written I too will use the MSAGENT, it give the application a nice finishing touch!
wonder, are there more models available then just the 4-6 I have seen?
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Dom DXecutioner
post Aug 3 2004, 12:39 PM
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you could alternatively mimic the buttons by using the graphics buttons of an XP system. all you would need to do is make printscreens and cut out the buttons, clean them up a little an use the graphics as buttons. just a thought.
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powerbits
post Aug 3 2004, 12:47 PM
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offcourse I could do that, but you know, wat do I do with the dropdown boxes, listboxes etc...
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dajvid
post Aug 3 2004, 09:58 PM
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Hi PowerBits,
Are you referring to:
Tools -> Options -> Forms/Reports -> Use Windows Themed Controls on Forms
This option is only available on Access 2003 and only works on Windows XP. This option is ignored on versions previous of Access 2003 and is ignored on versions previous to Windows XP.
Regards,
Dave.
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powerbits
post Aug 4 2004, 05:15 AM
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Yes , in fact I am..but even with access 2003 and windows xp , the buttons keep there old square gray look :(
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CyberCow
post Aug 4 2004, 08:34 AM
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Just remember that when using labels and/or images as command buttons, they do not ever receive the "focus" so take that into consideration when using images and/or labels as command buttons in the detail section of continuous forms.
nd, just because even Access 2003 still has that "square" look, doesn't mean we can't dress up an interface to appear as we wish it. An Access 97 db can be "dressed up" to appear like an XP OS app, even on a Win98 OS system. Only the Access interface itself would retain the OS' look.
But then, sometimes the development can get lost in the "dressing" if one is not careful.
(just my 2¢)
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powerbits
post Aug 4 2004, 02:48 PM
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cybercow,
Thats nice, but be to be fair: Access 2003 uses a XP theme, but why not in their controls?
look at deplhi, or even vb has tricks to have an more XP enviroment...
Sure we can create it all ourselves, but I want the rapid application like access 2003 do it for me!
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JaredJRitchey
post Aug 4 2004, 06:51 PM
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To expand or should I say, add onto Cybercow, I would have to say that using a third party application or ActiveX control may be yet another solution.
made a post titled Beautiful User Interface which I did extensive VB and Access VB research on UI controls. I had the same objective, to have a nice UI that has more than just a box type look and ran into the very situation that Cybercow mentions to you above.
It can be cumbersome at times when you want the interface to be intelligent, functional, and yet attractive. Keep in mind that you can do amazing things with color alone and I'd suggest that you take a look at www.colorschemer.com. They have an online version of their application which may help you see what colors work well together. I use it with my web development and have used it with my MS Access projects.
Being a perfectionist I have yet to post one of my own UI's for examination until they are just right.
I hope this helps you a little or a lot further.
JJR
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powerbits
post Aug 5 2004, 05:45 AM
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JJR,
Thanks for you info! Thats indeed interesting, but I do not wat to pay for it...
But anyhow worth taking na look at it and knowing wats out there..
Only had time to checkout on link yet (peters software)=> this I find a bit low..
But I'm sure there are many better ones..
Many thanks again...
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JaredJRitchey
post Aug 5 2004, 08:57 AM
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Your welcome :-)
JJR
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CyberCow
post Aug 5 2004, 09:22 AM
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How can we be "fair" about something over which we have no control? We do not control how MS implements their software (Access). <IMHO>
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powerbits
post Aug 5 2004, 01:41 PM
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Cybercow,
You are right, but we have a fair opinion and as a customer of microsoft our opionion should count..
After all , no customers => no microsoft...
So we do have some control...
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powerbits
post Aug 6 2004, 05:44 AM
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JJR,
Just looked at a couple of others:
WOW man, some ealy great controls that I can use free and direct in VB also...
Tell me wich are for you the best
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