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How do I quickly enter design mode for a form in Access 2010?

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In Access 2003, when I wanted to enter design view for a form, I just had to click on the forms name in the database window and then click the Design button. But I can't find a similar quick method in Access 2010.

When I have no forms open and I click on a form name in the sidebar, the Views button in the toolbar remains grayed-out, so I can't use the Views button to switch to design view (not that I really want to because that would open a drop-down list where I'd have to select Design View, which is an extra step).

Also, I added Design View to the quick access toolbar, but it remains grayed-out there, too.

So I have to right-click on the form name in the sidebar and then select Design View. This isn't the end of the world. But is there a quicker way?
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by:tjc123
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Check out this article for Access 2010 hotkeys, especially section 4:

http://www.shortcutworld.com/en/win/Access_2010.html
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by:Kelvin Sparks
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Just open the form, right click in it and choose design.

Kelvin

You may need to click on its tab if opening in tabbed view.
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by:Jeffrey Coachman
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Right-click the Form/Report in the Navigation Pane and select: Design

If the form is open just press: Ctrl+,
If it is a Report, press: Ctrl+.

In other words pressing Ctrl and comma or Period
Notice the Directional shifted characters (< and >)
...will toggle you forward and backward through all the available views
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by:jerryb30
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Ctrl-D if form is not open.
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by:jrmcanada2
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Hi,

I've tried the various keyboard shortcuts above and none of them are working. Maybe I've described the problem poorly, so I've attached a screenshot. In this example, I have frmInvoice selected and I want to open it in design view.

I can open it by right-clicking and selecting Design. But I was hoping there was a quicker way since I do this approximately a zillion times per day. :)

Either a keyboard shortcut or a command I can add to the ribbon would be fine.

Thanks!

James
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by:jerryb30
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Whoops: Alt-D
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by:jrmcanada2
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Sorry, Alt-D doesn't work either. Maybe there's something wrong with my install?
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CTRL-ENTER does the trick. Thanks everyone!
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by:jerryb30
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Post a sample database with a form. That's all.
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by:jrmcanada2
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Found it online
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