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Chapter 24. The Finishing Touches

Creating Custom Menus and Toolbars927
Fine-Tuning with the Performance Analyzer Wizard944
Disabling Form Design View946
Defining Switchboard Forms947
Controlling How Your Application Starts and Runs952
Performing a Final Visual Basic Compile957


You’re in the home stretch. You have almost all the forms and reports required for the tasks you want to implement in your application, but you need some additional forms to make it easier to navigate to different tasks. To add a professional touch, you should design a custom menu bar and a custom toolbar for most forms (and perhaps for some reports) and custom shortcut menus for forms, form controls, and reports. You should take advantage of built-in tools to check the efficiency of your design, and you should make sure that none of your forms allow design changes when in Form view. Finally, you need to set the startup properties of your database to let Microsoft Access know how to get your application rolling, and you need to perform a final compile of your Visual Basic code to achieve maximum performance.


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