Microsoft Access Database 2013 Splash Screen Form

Microsoft Access Database 2013 Splash Screen Form

Back in 2012, I posted an article on how to create a splash screen form without VBA code too using a little trick to name your database with an .bmp extension to it – a hidden gem!

However, in this quick video tutorial, the alternative way is to create a navigation form in Microsoft Access (from version 2010) and take advantage of the Access options and a simple macro...take a look…

Excuse the music and text narratives but hopefully you should have been able to follow the prompts?

There are other Access form options and properties to set to help present a smoother and more polished form including modal, pop-up and auto centre positioning and some further research will be advisable.

Microsoft Access Database 2013 Splash Screen Form

Make sure you have created some good graphics to add to your form using the image control plus adding your credentials, copyright and other useful contact information especially if you are going to publish your work.

In the video tutorial, it demonstrated adding a label and an image control but for perfect balance and centre positioning for all controls, it’s good practice to make the widths for all controls the same, align them to left and then set the alignment (content) to centre.

Using the form’s detail width may help too but avoid keeping that standard grey back colour and instead blend it into the colour scheme or branding for your business or to other controls which have been formatted.

If your splash screen form stays visible for long enough, you may use this as a simple bypass switch to enter the navigation mode view if your database has been tightened down with certain features having been disabled on start-up using perhaps either a hyperlink or a command button to enter that alternative mode. 

Many different tricks can be used with a splash screen for your Access database and may seem to be seamless in the process.


If your want to learn more about Microsoft Access forms, why not consider one of my eBooks on How to Build Access Database Forms – Interacting with Microsoft Access which is back by a 30 day money back policy if not satisfied.

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