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Chapter 24. The Finishing Touches > Creating Custom Menus and Toolbars

Creating Custom Menus and Toolbars

When your application is running, the user probably won’t want or need some of the Access design features. However, you might want to provide some additional toolbar buttons on your form toolbar and menu bar so that the user has direct access to commands such as Save Record and Find Next. For example, open the LawTrack Contacts sample database (Contacts.mdb), open the frmContactsPlain form in Form view (which uses the standard Form View toolbar), right-click the toolbar, and select Custom Form Toolbar. You can see some useful differences between the two toolbars, as shown in Figure 24-1. Buttons the user won’t need (such as Form View, Save, Print, Print Preview, Format Painter, and New Object) aren’t available on the custom toolbar. (None of the forms in the LawTrack Contacts database are designed to be printed.) However, the Custom Form Toolbar does have Close and Save Record buttons added at the left end, and the New Record and Delete Record buttons are clustered with the new Save Record button. In the LawTrack Contacts application, all forms (except frmContactsPlain and a few other example forms) have their Toolbar property set to use the custom toolbar.


Figure 24-1. Comparing the standard Form View toolbar (top) and the Custom Form Toolbar (bottom) from the LawTrack Contacts sample database.



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