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Access VBA debug - make switchboard appear for user entry

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Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I am attempting to debug Access VBA code. When I set a breakpoint and choose Debug > Run to breakpoint nothing happens.  I need for the Switchboard to appear so that choices can be entered to progress through the code.  What's the magic word?   (Alt + F11 simply toggles to the Switchboard in design mode.)

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I'm not clear from your description what is happening.

Are you saying that the code is not running or that the code is running but not stopping at the breakpoint, or something else.

Have you UNchecked the option 'Use Access Special Keys' in the startup options?  If so , that will prevent the Breakpoint from working.


The breakpoint is set (red line). I click Run to Cursor and nothing seems to happen.  Click F8 and I get a beep. I think the program is awaiting the user to make Switchboard choices, but I can't see the Switchboard.

Where is the "Use Access Special Keys"?


Incidentally, I've taken over someone else's project here.  When I click RUN, all I see are some Macros.  There does not seem to be an option run Run Form.  


A breakpoint is indicated by a BROWN blob in the left margin.  
RED code would indicate a syntax error in the code.

To single step through the code, first clcik the Reset button to be sure nothing is pending.
Then click into the procedure you want to run. And then press F8.  The procedure name should go yellow and you can then use F8 to step through the code.

If you still have a problem, you will have to post the code to get proper help.
MIS Liason
Most Valuable Expert 2012
Again, your ultimate question here is not clear...

Typically the switchboard is set to open when the DB opens, via the Autoexec Macro.

So before you start worrying about things like Breakpoints, ...
Lets make sure:
That you even have a switchboard form?
If so, can yo see it in the database window/Task Pane?
If yes, then can you open it on it's own?
If yes, then do you have an Autoexec Macro?
If so what happens when you run it.


On my computer the breakpoint code line is bright red backcolor, with a red dot beside in the left margin.  (Code error shows red text.)
To make this debug work properly I had click VIEW OBJECT, then VIEW > FORM VIEW.  This displayed the Switchboard awaiting entry, and execution stopped at the breakpoint, as I wanted.

thanks for your help.

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