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How to keep other controls from showing through a (temporarily) large textbox

Posted on 2013-11-14
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From time to time I enlarge a textbox for memo entries.   By design, this control covers a number of other smaller controls while it is enlarged.  When focus moves to a button alongside this large textbox (to automate the text entry process by automatically adding comments to the text), other controls show through and clutter the writing area.  
I noticed that the controls showing through have been added to the form since the textbox in question was added.

Is there a nice way to ensure this text box is "on top" while it is enlarged so the other controls remain unseen?
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by:Bill Ross
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Hi,

In form design view, click in the text box and click Format, Bring to Front.  Additionally, if the controls "behind" the textbox get focus then they will come to the front.  As a general rule you shouldn't overlap form controls due to this.

Regards,

Bill
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Select the textbox in design view, right-click, select Position, then Bring to Front.  For the other controls, you may also need to select Send to Back for them.  You might also have to select Normal as the textbox's BackStyle.
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by:mbizup
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Are you enlarging the textbox programatically?

If so, you can set the Visible property of the other controls according to the same logic, to hide/show them when needed.
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by:mbizup
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Another *easy* trick is to just use your un-enlarged textbox, NOT overlapping any controls and train your users to hit Shift-F2  when they want to enter or see large amounts of data.  That key combination automatically brings up Access's built in Zoom Box to do exactly what you are describing.

You can also do that in VBA in your textbox's Double Click event:

DoCmd.RunCommand acCmdZoomBox

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Zoom Box
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by:David_W_R
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Thanks all for the excellent tips!
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