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How to create Blinking text in Access form

Morning Experts,

I have an end user very eager to add blinking text to a value being displaye via a form.  Essentially i created a function as the conditional and want to assign the same value the blinking attirbute.  Most example i have come across seem to conflict with the displayed time being displayed on the same form.  Im thinking this can be done but am at a loss on how to do it... any help is greatly appreciated.  Of course the end user wanted this done last week.  
If custAgent(sn("cust_number")) Then
            Forms!f_builder.txtCustNum = sn("Customer_number")
            Forms!f_builder.txtXCustNum.ForeColor = 255
        
        Else
            Forms!f_builder.txtCustNum = IIf(IsNull(sn("Customer_number")), "", sn("Customer_number"))
        End If

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thirsty4knowledgeAuthor Commented:
This is the code setting the timer.
Private Sub Form_Timer()
    Me!lblClock.Caption = Format(Now, "dddd, mmm d yyyy, hh:mm:ss AMPM")
End Sub

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Rey Obrero (Capricorn1)Commented:
try this

Private Sub Form_Timer()
    Me!lblClock.Caption = Format(Now, "dddd, mmm d yyyy, hh:mm:ss AMPM")

    me.lblClock.ForeColor = (IIf(.ForeColor = vbRed, vbBlack, vbRed))
End Sub
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Rey Obrero (Capricorn1)Commented:
oops

try this

Private Sub Form_Timer()
with Me!lblClock
    .Caption = Format(Now, "dddd, mmm d yyyy, hh:mm:ss AMPM")

    .ForeColor = (IIf(.ForeColor = vbRed, vbBlack, vbRed))
end with
End Sub
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thirsty4knowledgeAuthor Commented:
Thanks capricorn,

But the timer is not the code im looking to update it's just the issue that conflicts with the text of the txtCustNum I want to assign the blinking attribute.  Best case scenario i want to just update the if statement with a link that adds the blinking capability.  Hope im being clear.    
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peter57rCommented:
There is no blinking attribute in Access.
You have to use the timer to toggle colours.
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Rey Obrero (Capricorn1)Commented:
are you calling the codes in the form f_builder?

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thirsty4knowledgeAuthor Commented:
Ok, it seems like ive seen blinking text in access before.  If i alternate the text between red and white i might accomplish the same effect.  How would i accomplish the toggling between the colours??
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thirsty4knowledgeAuthor Commented:
yes, Form f_builder is the form name.
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Rey Obrero (Capricorn1)Commented:
you se the timer interval in the current event of the form

private sub form_current()

If custAgent(sn("cust_number")) Then
     me.timerinterval=300
end if

end sub

now use the timer event
Private Sub Form_Timer()
with Forms!f_builder.txtXCustNum
    .ForeColor = (IIf(.ForeColor = vbRed, vbBlack, vbRed))

end with
End Sub
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thirsty4knowledgeAuthor Commented:


Capricorn,
Thanks alot, that works perfect.. i just changed the black to white to make it look a little better.  I have a question to feel a lil better about pushing this into production.  I moved the code into the onload sub as that's where all the other code was being executed.  Will this create a problem and also there is another "Me.timerInterval" statement in the code for the "clockstart" fuctionality.  Why is the code not conflicting... ?  Im not complaining as you will get the points just wanted to know what's going on behind that scenes a lil more.  Hope im being clear.

Private Sub Form_Load()
     custAgent(sn("cust_number")) Then
            Me.TimerInterval = 90
            Forms!f_builder.txtXCustNum = sn("Customer_number")
            Forms!f_builder.txtXCustNum.ForeColor = 255
        
        Else
            Forms!f_builder.txtXCustNum = IIf(IsNull(sn("Customer_number")), "", sn("Customer_number"))
        End If
 
end sub
 
Private Sub Form_Timer()
 
    With Forms!f_builder.txtXCustNum
        .ForeColor = (IIf(.ForeColor = vbRed, vbWhite, vbRed))
    End With
 
 
    Me!lblClock.Caption = Format(Now, "dddd, mmm d yyyy, hh:mm:ss AMPM")
End Sub
 
   

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Rey Obrero (Capricorn1)Commented:
the Load event only fires when the form is loaded, the current event also fires.
when you moved to another record, the Load event  does not fire, current event fires again...

so use the forms current event instead of the load event
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thirsty4knowledgeAuthor Commented:
Ok, ill update the current sub.  Can you enlighten me on why the  two "Me.TimerInterval = 90" codes are non-conflicting?

Private Sub cmdClockStart_Click()
    Me.TimerInterval = 1000
End Sub
Private Sub cmdClockEnd_Click()
    Me.TimerInterval = 0
End Sub

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thirsty4knowledgeAuthor Commented:
Ok, i commented out all the "Me.TimerInterval = " assignment statements and the text is still blinking where is the speed of the blinking being assigned..?
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thirsty4knowledgeAuthor Commented:
Maybe theres a default speed and the "Me.TimerInterval =" is just over writting that value??
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thirsty4knowledgeAuthor Commented:
Ok, my question is how can i switch between to way of displaying the text associated with the blinking.  Meaning if this is true show this (blinking text) if not show this ( non-blinking text) same value.  Looks like putting it in the timer() sub executes that code every couple of minutes and it's tie up access.  
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