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Change the default properties of the controls in the Access toolbox

When you find yourself having to change the default property of an Access control every time you place it on a form or report, it's time to change the default property. Here's how to change the default properties of the controls in the Access toolbox.

When you find yourself having to change the default property of an Access control every time you place it on a form or report, it's time to change the default property. Before placing the control on a form or report in the design view, select it in the Toolbox and change its default properties in the property sheet. Once changed, every time you add the control to your report or form, it will have the new default property. Once you save the form, the new control properties will be available to all other forms.

For example, suppose you want all your form's text boxes' Special Effects property to be set to Shadowed. Follow these steps:

  1. Open your form and its property sheet.
  2. Click the text box tool in the Toolbox.
  3. Click the Special Effects property and select Shadowed.
  4. Click and drag to draw the control in your form as many times as needed.
  5. Save your form with the changes.

All text boxes inserted into your forms will now have Shadowed as the Special Effects default property.

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