How can I restore the original look to a command button on an Access form ?

Posted on 2009-02-22
Last Modified: 2013-11-28
Sorry, but another simple problem that I can't find the answer to anywhere.

In Access 2003 I have created a database from scratch, generally using only resident Access components (ie without getting into code), and I'm now trying to tidy up the look of it. On my forms the command buttons are very drab, a uniform plain grey background in a rectangular box with sharp corners. My research tells me that it is quite difficult to change the look of them, other than the text, without resorting to proprietary software.

But what is odd is this - I've just created anew another test database (A2003 again), and the command buttons are (relatively) funky two-shaded items with rounded corners and outlined in blue when they have the focus. They would be great to have in the first database, but I can't find out how to do so.

And here is a wierd thing - I copied a boringly-styled command button from a form in the first database and pasted it onto a form in the new db....and now it looks funky too! And vice versa - a funky button from the 2nd db pasted into the first db looks boring. The attachments should show what I'm talking about.

I'd appreciate any advice, especially if it doesn't involve any code!

Thanks in advance


Question by:BungyStrap
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    Accepted Solution

    Try (Tools | Options) [Forms/Reports] tab, "use windows themed controls on forms".

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    by:Jeffrey Coachman
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    In order for this to work just make sure you must also have the corresponding Windows XP Display setting:

        Display Properties-->Appearance-->Windows and buttons: Windows XP Style

    I only mention this because many people set this to "Classic", to improve performance, or to have it look like previous Windows versions.


    Author Closing Comment

    Fantastic - just what I was looking for, and so blindingly simple. INow if only I could just out how that box got unchecked........

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