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Creating a Splash Screen

Many applications display a splash screen upon starting. This screen is sometimes an animation or piece of artwork, sometimes an advertisement for the company that created the database application, and occasionally a useful dialog box that displays information or instructions. The hidden purpose of a splash screen is often to divert the user’s attention while the rest of the application loads into the computer’s memory. The Access applications that you create probably won’t take a long time to load, but a splash screen can still be useful.

Because the splash screen is the first thing users see each time they open the application, you can use it to remind them of important points, such as how to get help or how to contact you. This is also a good place to display a randomly selected tip—as long as the tip is more useful than irritating. To avoid having users get annoyed at anything that stands between them and the use of your application, you should always provide the option of not having the splash screen appear in the future.


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