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Chapter 11. Creating Specialized Forms > Creating a Form Pop-Up Box or Dialog B...

Creating a Form Pop-Up Box or Dialog Box

When you display a form, it becomes just another open window in the main Access window. If you have other objects open—tables, queries, forms, reports, and so on—you can switch to them and they appear “on top” of the form you were viewing. This is normal window behavior. However, there might be times when this behavior isn't what you want:

  • You might want the capability to switch to another window but have your form remain on top at all times. This is the same behavior as exhibited by the field list, property sheet, and Toolbox windows in the form Design view. A form that stays on top of other windows but enables users to switch to another window is called a pop up.

  • You might want the capability to keep your form on top while preventing users from switching to another window (or even interacting with the Access menus) until they close your from. This is the same behavior as exhibited by most dialog boxes. A form that stays on top of other windows and doesn't enable users to switch to another window is called a modal form.


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