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How do I suppress the rounded corners on an Access 2007 Form?

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I have various forms written in an Access 2007 application. Some of these forms rely on my own Title Bar and some of the controls are being slightly obscured by the rounded corners. Is there any way to suppress the forms from doing this? An image is included for your assistance.
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I'm not sure if 07 has it, but there was a "Use Themed Controls" setting (I believe it's in the Access Options section - click the Office button, then Access options"). I doubt that will work, as I think this has to do with Windows Themes as well, but it's worth a try. If not, try setting your Windows Theme to a different one ... rightclick on your desktop and select Properties (I believe that's the way to get there).
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Hi JedNebula, this is not the "Use Windows-themed controls on Forms" issue I beleive this is a design change for the look and feel of access database windows when not using the tabbed option.
Cheers, Andrew
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And I'm pretty sure it's based on the Windows theme, although I'm not sure. Also, I'm not sure that changing the Windows Theme will result in non-round corners. As you (Andrew) said, this is a basic change in the look and feel of Access, and I'm not sure there is a way around it.
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You can select the Windows Standard and Windows Classic Themes and this appears in the dialog to straighten the corners of the forms, it does for the application window but not the access form.
Cheers, Andrew
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I have tried various suggestions as above (thank you all for your assistance thus far). I also found an article speaking about the 'Use Windows Themed Controls on Forms' option but this also had no effect. Changing to the Classic Windows theme is not an option unfortunately.

Any other suggestions welcomed.

Jed
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I think this is a case that you have to enhance the changes that MS have made and live with it.
Sorry, Andrew
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I agree with Andrew: This is not something you have a lot of control over.

May I ask why you're trying to do this? Just curious really ...
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I guess I just wanted a square form when I have formatted my controls into a specific header bar. It's not a big problem but I'd have thought Microsoft would have given us the ability to maintain our forms in the same shape they have been since Windows 3.1; rectangle?
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I think we will have to resign ourselves to the fact that the rounded corners cannot be suppressed. Shame.
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"I think we will have to resign ourselves to the fact that the rounded corners cannot be suppressed"

The price of progress, I suppose ;)
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