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Building an Access 2010 ToolTip/Help system

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I would like to add a tool-tip and a help system to my new access application I am developing. I havent started any forms yet.
What is the best/easiest way to do this?

Is there something out there that does a "data dictionary" with integrated Access help by any chance?


Any other ideas?
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Question by:GNOVAK
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You can build a Help file with any help authoring system. You can link objects to Help Topics so F1 works.

Tooltips are a built-in feature. Just add text to an Object's Tooptip property

Is there something out there that does a "data dictionary" with integrated Access help by any chance?
Can you explain what you mean?
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And speaking of Tool Tips ... this is a very cool (free) enhancement for Tool Tops - check it out.

http://www.lebans.com/tooltip.htm

Multi line tips and a LOT more.

mx
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Dale Fye (Access MVP) earned 500 total points
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I generally create a separate table that contains fields for FormName, ControlName, Label, and HelpText.

I put a command button in the upper right corner with the Question Mark picture, and when the user clicks that button it opens up my Help form, filtered to the records for the current form.  

This help form also includes a combo box which determines which help text is displayed in the form.  The combo contains the names of all the controls for which Help is available, as well as "Form", which allows me to create a general help description for the form.  This combo defaults to the "PreviousControl", which is identified when the user clicks the Help button.

If the application is in Development mode (a flag I set during development), the textbox displaying the Help text is unlocked, so I can modify the text associated with the control.  If the application is not in Development mode, then the textbox is locked to prevent editing.

This functionality allows me to generate a report which lists all of the forms which have help available.  I'm working from my iPad at the moment, but will try to download a sample and post it back here this evening.
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Here is a sample of the Help form I use to define help messages and display context sensitive help to my application users.
Help.accdb
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