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How can I make the cursor blink and be ready for input on a form?

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I have a database with a few records in it.  When the form is first opened, the cursor blinks in the first field prompting the user to input data.  However, when the user moves to another record or returns to the first record, there is not cursor blinking.  The user has to click in a field and begin typing.  This iseems to be true when a new record is added.

How can I force the blinker prompt the user to enter data and in what field.  I am aware of the method of changing the tab order.  This does not seem to work on the above problem.  Is it possible that I need to change some setting?

Thanks for your assistance.

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The blinking cursor would appear on an empty record. When you move to an existing record you should have the focus on the first field of the form, with its value selected

 

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You can´t change that behavious, BTW...
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Hello,

What you stated is what I expected and I believe is what I have been use to in the past when I use earlier versions of Access.  Maybe there is some setting that I am not aware of.
When the Form is opened, the first record appears and the cursor is blinking in the first field.  When I move to the next record, nothing is highlighted and no cursor is blinking.  However, the user may put the cursor in any field, click and the cursor will blink.  The tab works as expected.  When I add a new record, the empty fields appear as expected but there is no blicking cursor.  We may put the cursor in any field and click, then the cursor will blink.

This is a puzzle.
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Since my last comment, I have opened several other databases and I have not problems.  It appears to be just this database.  Over the past several weeks while working on this database, I have made other copies.  I am now finding that all versions of this database have the same problem.  I did change the tab order at one time.  It is possible that that is the problem.  However, I changed it back a few minutes ago, and it still has the problem.  Any suggestions?  The only time that the cursor binks automatically is when the form is first opened on the first record.  From that point on the cursor will not start blinking until the cursor is placed in a field and clicked.  This is true even when I come back to the first record after going to another record.  The cursor will not automatically blick.
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I am increasing the points to 500.

WRS
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I have check about nine databases and all of them have blinking cursors when I move from record to record and when a new record is entered except for this database.  Maybe something is wrong that I have not found.

WRS
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I will close this thread because of the time that the question has been posted.  There is still a problem because this is the only database that I have where the cursor does not blink as expected.

Thank you.
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