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Message #1 by "George Oro" <george@c...> on Sat, 8 Jun 2002 17:47:48 +0400
Hi Guys,

How can I change the color of my Application Background or put an image. Because I feel very boring with that dark brown color
background of Access.

Any idea and tips are highly appreciated.



Cheers,
George

Message #2 by "Gregory Serrano" <SerranoG@m...> on Mon, 10 Jun 2002 17:51:27
George,

<< How can I change the color of my Application Background or put an 
image. Because I feel very boring with that dark brown color
background of Access. >>

To change the form's detail section background color, click anywhere in 
the detail section and view its properties.  In the "Format" tab, click in 
the "Back Color" property and click the builder button (the button with 
the ellipsis, i.e. three periods) and pick a color.

To put an image there instead, go to the form's properties and click 
the "Format" tab.  There you'll find a "Picture" property.  Just name the 
location of the photo.  If it's a small photo and you want to tile it, 
change "Picture Tiling" to "Yes".  There are other picture properties 
there as well.  Place your cursor in each and press F1 for details.

Greg
Message #3 by "George Oro" <george@c...> on Tue, 11 Jun 2002 09:55:40 +0400
Greg,

Thanks for the tips, but what I'm trying to say  is the application (Access) background not the form background. Once you open a
form (not maximized) the dark gray background behind the form is what I'm trying to say.


Cheers,
George

-----Original Message-----
From: Gregory Serrano [mailto:SerranoG@m...]
Sent: Monday, June 10, 2002 5:51 PM
To: Access
Subject: [access] Re: Access Application Background


George,

<< How can I change the color of my Application Background or put an
image. Because I feel very boring with that dark brown color
background of Access. >>

To change the form's detail section background color, click anywhere in
the detail section and view its properties.  In the "Format" tab, click in
the "Back Color" property and click the builder button (the button with
the ellipsis, i.e. three periods) and pick a color.

To put an image there instead, go to the form's properties and click
the "Format" tab.  There you'll find a "Picture" property.  Just name the
location of the photo.  If it's a small photo and you want to tile it,
change "Picture Tiling" to "Yes".  There are other picture properties
there as well.  Place your cursor in each and press F1 for details.

Greg

Message #4 by braxis@b... on Tue, 11 Jun 2002 09:40:04 +0100 (BST)
George

Have a look at this article: http://www.mvps.org/access/api/api0053.htm

It seems to be saying that it may be possible with some heavy use of API functions, but it's never going to work well.

Brian

>  from:    George Oro <george@c...>
>  date:    Tue, 11 Jun 2002 06:55:40
>  to:      access@p...
>  subject: Re: [access] Re: Access Application Background
> 
> Greg,
> 
> Thanks for the tips, but what I'm trying to say  is the application (Access) background not the form background. Once you open
a
> form (not maximized) the dark gray background behind the form is what I'm trying to say.
> 
> 
> Cheers,
> George
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gregory Serrano [mailto:SerranoG@m...]
> Sent: Monday, June 10, 2002 5:51 PM
> To: Access
> Subject: [access] Re: Access Application Background
> 
> 
> George,
> 
> << How can I change the color of my Application Background or put an
> image. Because I feel very boring with that dark brown color
> background of Access. >>
> 
> To change the form's detail section background color, click anywhere in
> the detail section and view its properties.  In the "Format" tab, click in
> the "Back Color" property and click the builder button (the button with
> the ellipsis, i.e. three periods) and pick a color.
> 
> To put an image there instead, go to the form's properties and click
> the "Format" tab.  There you'll find a "Picture" property.  Just name the
> location of the photo.  If it's a small photo and you want to tile it,
> change "Picture Tiling" to "Yes".  There are other picture properties
> there as well.  Place your cursor in each and press F1 for details.
> 
> Greg
> 
> 

Message #5 by "Haslett, Andrew" <andrew.haslett@i...> on Wed, 12 Jun 2002 13:58:14 +0930
I've asked this in the past, particularly due to datasheet view, where stuck
with the default greyspace where there are no records.

Unfortunately it can't be changed, and is actually inherited from a windows
setting somewhere (couldn't find it though).

Anyway, the way around it in my situation was to use continuous forms, that
way you have full control of the layout.

See my post on 7 Feb. Subject: Datasheet Layout.

Cheers,
Andrew

-----Original Message-----
From: Gregory Serrano [mailto:SerranoG@m...]
Sent: Tuesday, 11 June 2002 3:21 AM
To: Access
Subject: [access] Re: Access Application Background


George,

<< How can I change the color of my Application Background or put an 
image. Because I feel very boring with that dark brown color
background of Access. >>

To change the form's detail section background color, click anywhere in 
the detail section and view its properties.  In the "Format" tab, click in 
the "Back Color" property and click the builder button (the button with 
the ellipsis, i.e. three periods) and pick a color.

To put an image there instead, go to the form's properties and click 
the "Format" tab.  There you'll find a "Picture" property.  Just name the 
location of the photo.  If it's a small photo and you want to tile it, 
change "Picture Tiling" to "Yes".  There are other picture properties 
there as well.  Place your cursor in each and press F1 for details.

Greg
Message #6 by "George Oro" <george@c...> on Wed, 12 Jun 2002 17:17:19 +0400
Andrew,
Thanks for the tips...

Actually, I know what you mean and I'm doing this at present. My problem is the background of the form.


Cheers,
George


-----Original Message-----
From: Haslett, Andrew [mailto:andrew.haslett@i...]
Sent: Wednesday, June 12, 2002 8:28 AM
To: Access
Subject: [access] Re: Access Application Background


I've asked this in the past, particularly due to datasheet view, where stuck
with the default greyspace where there are no records.

Unfortunately it can't be changed, and is actually inherited from a windows
setting somewhere (couldn't find it though).

Anyway, the way around it in my situation was to use continuous forms, that
way you have full control of the layout.

See my post on 7 Feb. Subject: Datasheet Layout.

Cheers,
Andrew

-----Original Message-----
From: Gregory Serrano [mailto:SerranoG@m...]
Sent: Tuesday, 11 June 2002 3:21 AM
To: Access
Subject: [access] Re: Access Application Background


George,

<< How can I change the color of my Application Background or put an 
image. Because I feel very boring with that dark brown color
background of Access. >>

To change the form's detail section background color, click anywhere in 
the detail section and view its properties.  In the "Format" tab, click in 
the "Back Color" property and click the builder button (the button with 
the ellipsis, i.e. three periods) and pick a color.

To put an image there instead, go to the form's properties and click 
the "Format" tab.  There you'll find a "Picture" property.  Just name the 
location of the photo.  If it's a small photo and you want to tile it, 
change "Picture Tiling" to "Yes".  There are other picture properties 
there as well.  Place your cursor in each and press F1 for details.

Greg


Message #7 by Richard Gibson <rgibson@W...> on Wed, 12 Jun 2002 14:56:55 +0100
Long way round and really not very elegant -

do you have a main form which opens first - such as a login?

If so make it open maximised and set it's colour.

All other forms then open in front of it (or make all of the forms open full
size?)

Personally I'm quite happy with the gery background to the access window.



Regards

Richard Gibson
IT Manager


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-----Original Message-----
From: George Oro [mailto:george@c...]
Sent: 12 June 2002 14:17
To: Access
Subject: [access] Re: Access Application Background


Andrew,
Thanks for the tips...

Actually, I know what you mean and I'm doing this at present. My problem is
the background of the form.


Cheers,
George


-----Original Message-----
From: Haslett, Andrew [mailto:andrew.haslett@i...]
Sent: Wednesday, June 12, 2002 8:28 AM
To: Access
Subject: [access] Re: Access Application Background


I've asked this in the past, particularly due to datasheet view, where stuck
with the default greyspace where there are no records.

Unfortunately it can't be changed, and is actually inherited from a windows
setting somewhere (couldn't find it though).

Anyway, the way around it in my situation was to use continuous forms, that
way you have full control of the layout.

See my post on 7 Feb. Subject: Datasheet Layout.

Cheers,
Andrew

-----Original Message-----
From: Gregory Serrano [mailto:SerranoG@m...]
Sent: Tuesday, 11 June 2002 3:21 AM
To: Access
Subject: [access] Re: Access Application Background


George,

<< How can I change the color of my Application Background or put an 
image. Because I feel very boring with that dark brown color
background of Access. >>

To change the form's detail section background color, click anywhere in 
the detail section and view its properties.  In the "Format" tab, click in 
the "Back Color" property and click the builder button (the button with 
the ellipsis, i.e. three periods) and pick a color.

To put an image there instead, go to the form's properties and click 
the "Format" tab.  There you'll find a "Picture" property.  Just name the 
location of the photo.  If it's a small photo and you want to tile it, 
change "Picture Tiling" to "Yes".  There are other picture properties 
there as well.  Place your cursor in each and press F1 for details.

Greg



Message #8 by "Carnley, Dave" <dcarnley@a...> on Wed, 12 Jun 2002 09:15:56 -0500
you could learn C++, convert your apps to that, and paint all the pretty
colors and pictures you want all over the place.

-----Original Message-----
From: Richard Gibson [mailto:rgibson@W...]
Sent: Wednesday, June 12, 2002 8:57 AM
To: Access
Subject: [access] Re: Access Application Background


Long way round and really not very elegant -

do you have a main form which opens first - such as a login?

If so make it open maximised and set it's colour.

All other forms then open in front of it (or make all of the forms open full
size?)

Personally I'm quite happy with the gery background to the access window.



Regards

Richard Gibson
IT Manager


The information in this message is confidential and intended for the
addressee only.  If you have received this message in error please delete
and notify the sender, any other action may be unlawful.

The views expressed in this message are personal and not necessarily those
of Walkerpack Ltd unless explicitly stated.


-----Original Message-----
From: George Oro [mailto:george@c...]
Sent: 12 June 2002 14:17
To: Access
Subject: [access] Re: Access Application Background


Andrew,
Thanks for the tips...

Actually, I know what you mean and I'm doing this at present. My problem is
the background of the form.


Cheers,
George


-----Original Message-----
From: Haslett, Andrew [mailto:andrew.haslett@i...]
Sent: Wednesday, June 12, 2002 8:28 AM
To: Access
Subject: [access] Re: Access Application Background


I've asked this in the past, particularly due to datasheet view, where stuck
with the default greyspace where there are no records.

Unfortunately it can't be changed, and is actually inherited from a windows
setting somewhere (couldn't find it though).

Anyway, the way around it in my situation was to use continuous forms, that
way you have full control of the layout.

See my post on 7 Feb. Subject: Datasheet Layout.

Cheers,
Andrew

-----Original Message-----
From: Gregory Serrano [mailto:SerranoG@m...]
Sent: Tuesday, 11 June 2002 3:21 AM
To: Access
Subject: [access] Re: Access Application Background


George,

<< How can I change the color of my Application Background or put an 
image. Because I feel very boring with that dark brown color
background of Access. >>

To change the form's detail section background color, click anywhere in 
the detail section and view its properties.  In the "Format" tab, click in 
the "Back Color" property and click the builder button (the button with 
the ellipsis, i.e. three periods) and pick a color.

To put an image there instead, go to the form's properties and click 
the "Format" tab.  There you'll find a "Picture" property.  Just name the 
location of the photo.  If it's a small photo and you want to tile it, 
change "Picture Tiling" to "Yes".  There are other picture properties 
there as well.  Place your cursor in each and press F1 for details.

Greg




Message #9 by "Leo Scott" <leoscott@c...> on Wed, 12 Jun 2002 09:46:12 -0700
sometime in the year 2010 after you write/debug all the code to finish the
app.  Don't forget to fix all the memory leaks when you do dynamic memory
allocation inside any of your classes.  C++ the power or the pain, which do
you love?

|-----Original Message-----
|From: Carnley, Dave [mailto:dcarnley@a...]
|Sent: Wednesday, June 12, 2002 7:16 AM
|To: Access
|Subject: [access] Re: Access Application Background
|
|
|you could learn C++, convert your apps to that, and paint all the pretty
|colors and pictures you want all over the place.
|
|-----Original Message-----
|From: Richard Gibson [mailto:rgibson@W...]
|Sent: Wednesday, June 12, 2002 8:57 AM
|To: Access
|Subject: [access] Re: Access Application Background
|
|
|Long way round and really not very elegant -
|
|do you have a main form which opens first - such as a login?
|
|If so make it open maximised and set it's colour.
|
|All other forms then open in front of it (or make all of the forms
|open full
|size?)
|
|Personally I'm quite happy with the gery background to the access window.
|
|
|
|Regards
|
|Richard Gibson
|IT Manager
|
|
|The information in this message is confidential and intended for the
|addressee only.  If you have received this message in error please delete
|and notify the sender, any other action may be unlawful.
|
|The views expressed in this message are personal and not necessarily those
|of Walkerpack Ltd unless explicitly stated.
|
|
|-----Original Message-----
|From: George Oro [mailto:george@c...]
|Sent: 12 June 2002 14:17
|To: Access
|Subject: [access] Re: Access Application Background
|
|
|Andrew,
|Thanks for the tips...
|
|Actually, I know what you mean and I'm doing this at present. My problem is
|the background of the form.
|
|
|Cheers,
|George
|
|
|-----Original Message-----
|From: Haslett, Andrew [mailto:andrew.haslett@i...]
|Sent: Wednesday, June 12, 2002 8:28 AM
|To: Access
|Subject: [access] Re: Access Application Background
|
|
|I've asked this in the past, particularly due to datasheet view,
|where stuck
|with the default greyspace where there are no records.
|
|Unfortunately it can't be changed, and is actually inherited from a windows
|setting somewhere (couldn't find it though).
|
|Anyway, the way around it in my situation was to use continuous forms, that
|way you have full control of the layout.
|
|See my post on 7 Feb. Subject: Datasheet Layout.
|
|Cheers,
|Andrew
|
|-----Original Message-----
|From: Gregory Serrano [mailto:SerranoG@m...]
|Sent: Tuesday, 11 June 2002 3:21 AM
|To: Access
|Subject: [access] Re: Access Application Background
|
|
|George,
|
|<< How can I change the color of my Application Background or put an
|image. Because I feel very boring with that dark brown color
|background of Access. >>
|
|To change the form's detail section background color, click anywhere in
|the detail section and view its properties.  In the "Format" tab, click in
|the "Back Color" property and click the builder button (the button with
|the ellipsis, i.e. three periods) and pick a color.
|
|To put an image there instead, go to the form's properties and click
|the "Format" tab.  There you'll find a "Picture" property.  Just name the
|location of the photo.  If it's a small photo and you want to tile it,
|change "Picture Tiling" to "Yes".  There are other picture properties
|there as well.  Place your cursor in each and press F1 for details.
|
|Greg
|
|
|
|
|

Message #10 by "Carnley, Dave" <dcarnley@a...> on Wed, 12 Jun 2002 12:33:34 -0500
yeah I was joking    8^D

PLEASE nobody convert your Access apps to C!!!!

but my opinion on graphics and color is, that it usually ends up looking
unprofessional, and the time and effort spent on it usually can be better
spent on analysis, debugging, or training.

However careful use of color can provide visual feedback to users, such as
making urgent items red, but "less is more".  

Simpler than converting to C++ would be to convert to VB.net, then your apps
would run in a browser, and I think you can do a lot more graphically in
that environment.



-----Original Message-----
From: Leo Scott [mailto:leoscott@c...]
Sent: Wednesday, June 12, 2002 11:46 AM
To: Access
Subject: [access] Re: Access Application Background


sometime in the year 2010 after you write/debug all the code to finish the
app.  Don't forget to fix all the memory leaks when you do dynamic memory
allocation inside any of your classes.  C++ the power or the pain, which do
you love?

|-----Original Message-----
|From: Carnley, Dave [mailto:dcarnley@a...]
|Sent: Wednesday, June 12, 2002 7:16 AM
|To: Access
|Subject: [access] Re: Access Application Background
|
|
|you could learn C++, convert your apps to that, and paint all the pretty
|colors and pictures you want all over the place.
|
|-----Original Message-----
|From: Richard Gibson [mailto:rgibson@W...]
|Sent: Wednesday, June 12, 2002 8:57 AM
|To: Access
|Subject: [access] Re: Access Application Background
|
|
|Long way round and really not very elegant -
|
|do you have a main form which opens first - such as a login?
|
|If so make it open maximised and set it's colour.
|
|All other forms then open in front of it (or make all of the forms
|open full
|size?)
|
|Personally I'm quite happy with the gery background to the access window.
|
|
|
|Regards
|
|Richard Gibson
|IT Manager
|
|
|The information in this message is confidential and intended for the
|addressee only.  If you have received this message in error please delete
|and notify the sender, any other action may be unlawful.
|
|The views expressed in this message are personal and not necessarily those
|of Walkerpack Ltd unless explicitly stated.
|
|
|-----Original Message-----
|From: George Oro [mailto:george@c...]
|Sent: 12 June 2002 14:17
|To: Access
|Subject: [access] Re: Access Application Background
|
|
|Andrew,
|Thanks for the tips...
|
|Actually, I know what you mean and I'm doing this at present. My problem is
|the background of the form.
|
|
|Cheers,
|George
|
|
|-----Original Message-----
|From: Haslett, Andrew [mailto:andrew.haslett@i...]
|Sent: Wednesday, June 12, 2002 8:28 AM
|To: Access
|Subject: [access] Re: Access Application Background
|
|
|I've asked this in the past, particularly due to datasheet view,
|where stuck
|with the default greyspace where there are no records.
|
|Unfortunately it can't be changed, and is actually inherited from a windows
|setting somewhere (couldn't find it though).
|
|Anyway, the way around it in my situation was to use continuous forms, that
|way you have full control of the layout.
|
|See my post on 7 Feb. Subject: Datasheet Layout.
|
|Cheers,
|Andrew
|
|-----Original Message-----
|From: Gregory Serrano [mailto:SerranoG@m...]
|Sent: Tuesday, 11 June 2002 3:21 AM
|To: Access
|Subject: [access] Re: Access Application Background
|
|
|George,
|
|<< How can I change the color of my Application Background or put an
|image. Because I feel very boring with that dark brown color
|background of Access. >>
|
|To change the form's detail section background color, click anywhere in
|the detail section and view its properties.  In the "Format" tab, click in
|the "Back Color" property and click the builder button (the button with
|the ellipsis, i.e. three periods) and pick a color.
|
|To put an image there instead, go to the form's properties and click
|the "Format" tab.  There you'll find a "Picture" property.  Just name the
|location of the photo.  If it's a small photo and you want to tile it,
|change "Picture Tiling" to "Yes".  There are other picture properties
|there as well.  Place your cursor in each and press F1 for details.
|
|Greg
|
|
|
|
|


Message #11 by "Leo Scott" <leoscott@c...> on Wed, 12 Jun 2002 12:22:06 -0700
There was a grin after my message also.  I've done a little work in C++ and
it was fun and painful at the same time.  I suppose I would like it more if
I was as good at it as I was at VB.

|-----Original Message-----
|From: Carnley, Dave [mailto:dcarnley@a...]
|Sent: Wednesday, June 12, 2002 10:34 AM
|To: Access
|Subject: [access] Re: Access Application Background
|
|
|yeah I was joking    8^D
|
|PLEASE nobody convert your Access apps to C!!!!
|
|but my opinion on graphics and color is, that it usually ends up looking
|unprofessional, and the time and effort spent on it usually can be better
|spent on analysis, debugging, or training.
|
|However careful use of color can provide visual feedback to users, such as
|making urgent items red, but "less is more".
|
|Simpler than converting to C++ would be to convert to VB.net, then
|your apps
|would run in a browser, and I think you can do a lot more graphically in
|that environment.
|
|
|
|-----Original Message-----
|From: Leo Scott [mailto:leoscott@c...]
|Sent: Wednesday, June 12, 2002 11:46 AM
|To: Access
|Subject: [access] Re: Access Application Background
|
|
|sometime in the year 2010 after you write/debug all the code to finish the
|app.  Don't forget to fix all the memory leaks when you do dynamic memory
|allocation inside any of your classes.  C++ the power or the pain, which do
|you love?


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