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Link a picture to your Access form

If you've ever added a logo or product image to an Access form, you know that an embedded form object can take up a lot of space in your database. Learn how to use an image's Linked property to display a picture on your form without consuming too much space.

There may be times when you want to add an unbound picture (such as your company logo or product image) to your Microsoft Access form. It's easy to add pictures to forms with the Image control. However, an embedded form object can take up a huge amount of space in your database.

To save space, try linking the image to the form, rather than embedding it. Here's how to link a picture to your form:

  1. Open the form in design mode.
  2. Click the Image button in the toolbox.
  3. Click and drag to insert the image on the form.
  4. Navigate to the image file containing the picture you want to link to, select it, and click the OK button.
  5. Right-click the image and select Properties.
  6. Click the Picture Type drop-down arrow and select Linked.

Note that the image file must be available in the Samples folder when the form is running; otherwise, the image will not be displayed.

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