Close Report with Esc Key

Posted on 2011-03-08
Last Modified: 2012-05-11

Want to close a report by using Esc key. In 2003 this functionality works fine, but not in 2007.

In 2007 can get it to partially work by making report modal. I double click a form control and the report opens. Then press Esc and report closes. But if I use the magnifier to enlarge the report, then click the magnifier again to reduce it back to the original size, the Ecs key does not fire. I first have to click  in the blue margin next to the report then Esc works. I know it is only one extra click but I'd really like it to work like it does in 2003.

Then thought I'd do an On key Down event but get error 2585, "action cant be carried out while processing a form or report".

Any ideas how to get this functionality working.
Thank you

Private Sub Report_KeyDown(KeyCode As Integer, Shift As Integer)
'trying to close the report with Esc 
If KeyCode = 27 Then 
DoCmd.Close acReport, Me.Name, AcSaveNo 
End If 
End Sub

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Question by:ohgee
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Jeffrey Coachman earned 100 total points
ID: 35069876
You can do this, but most developers would advise against it.

In Access 2007 the DB Objects can be opened as "Tabbed Documents" or "Overlapping Windows"
The "Tabbed Documents" is a new interface option and does not function the same as the old "Overlapping Windows" interface.
So closing an object is not the same for all setups.
Hence your issues with trying to do this...

BTW are you trying to close the report from Report View or Print Preview?
If so, then there is probably no need for the Save Argument.


Author Comment

ID: 35076707
Thanks, but do not understand. Can I do this or is it not possible in 2007.
Dont think I am opening the report in tabbed or overlapping mode, will check into this.
Does the magnifier have an event, if yes maybe I can code something behind this.

Author Comment

ID: 35076789
Ok, I  openi it in print preview and I see the tab; presume this is the tabbled view.
How do I open it in overlapping mode, is this the "report view". Will experiment, see what happens.
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Author Comment

ID: 35076974
Seems in tabbed and report view mode, have to click in the blue margin outside the body of the report to get the esc to work.
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
ID: 35105417
OK, so where do we stand on this Question now?

Author Comment

ID: 35127515
Suppose if it cant be done then I'll have to figure another solution. Thanks for trying to help

Author Closing Comment

ID: 35127542
Not sure if it helped me. Have tried other forums too, no luck so I suppose that the solution confirms it cant be done
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
ID: 35129552
Again, you can do it, ...but it creates a non-standard , counter-intuitive interface.
Especially in the new Office 2007/2010 world where the windows may be open in Tabbed documents mode, or the report is opened in Report View.

In other words, the Interface though which many Microsoft Apps run is evolving, for many things you used to do are being phased out.

You really don't want to design old, outdated, non-standard , counter-intuitive interfaces that may, best cause "issues" in many situations, ...or worse not work at all in newer Office or Windows versions.

In any event you should put your code the KeyPRESS event and open the report explicitly in Print Preview.


Author Comment

ID: 35131402
Thanks Jeff, I'll try it.
It is just much easier hitting esc than it is trying to hit the close button with the mouse. Users have loved closing with esc

Author Comment

ID: 35132403
And I see now that not only does Esc not work slickly, you also cannot scroll the report with page up and page down unless you first click in the blue margin. Not nice....
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
ID: 35132522
That was my point...


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