Access 2007 Date Picker - Not Appearing for Unbound Fields

When using MS Access 2007 - I have a form where users enter a date range

From: ______      to  ________  the textbox names are txtBeginning and txtEnding

In a query I use the criteria  below to return records between the dates in the textboxes

between forms.formname.txtBeginning and forms.formname.txtEnding

the textboxes are Unbound Fields

I cannot get the default Access 2007 DatePicker to appear for these Unbound Fields

In previous versions of access I used a popup calander, however; since Access 2007 has a date picker - how can I get that to appear when one of these Unbound fields has focus?

I can get the date picker ot appear on bound fields...

Thanks! - AB
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GRayLConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Bound controls not fields.  Doesn't the Show Date Picker property of the textbox set to True do the trick?  
AtropaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Try binding the data pickers to the fields in question then resize the date pickers to the same size as your text boxes.  That should do the trick for you.  You will need multiple date pickers but then you don't need multiple text boxes and you have all the functionality of a date picker field since they are date picker controls!  Good luck...a
Key words - text boxes are unbound controls.  I think this is a property issue with the textbox.
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abinbostonAuthor Commented:
I was able to solve the issue...

This was an Access 2003 app  (.mdb) converted to Access 2007 (.accdb)

The unbound fields in the existing forms did not show the date picker, no matter what I did
..I deleted the textboxes, then created new ones, set the format to short date and it worked.

I am assuming that it is something in the conversion that did not allow the date picker to show in the unbound fields... On other forms, with bound fields, the date picker worked without changing anything.

Thanks for the answers!

Thanks, glad to help.  BTW, did the converted textboxes show the property Show Date Picker as False or did the property not even exist in the properties list
The easiest way to do this for an unbound control is to use the format property and set it to a date format. Then the date picker will show and be active.
If the Input Mask is set, the the Date Picker vanishes.
I don't know why.
Removing the Input Mask will cause the Date Picker to reappear again.
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