How format text string as Rich Text in VBA code

Thanks to an expert last week the following code concatenates strings into one text field.  Is there a way to make it Rich Text?

Dim strFruits as string

  strFruits = ""

  If Me.chkBox1 = True then
     strFruits = strFruits "OR Apple"
 End If

  If Me.chkBox2 = True then
     strFruits = strFruits "OR Orange"
 End If

 ' rem and so on
 ' Then

 ' Strip off the first OR
 If strFruits<>"" then
   strFruits = Mid$(strFruits,4)
   strMessage = "The fruits available are " & strFruits & " for you"
 Else
   strMessage "No fruits for you"
 End If 

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chaauCommented:
Rich text implies some format. Do you have any particular format in mind, i.e. make Apple bold and OR italic?
Or you just want to display it in a Rich Text control. If the latter than you do not need to do anything. Just assign it to the RichText control on your for and it will be displayed without any problems, like this:
Me!RichText1.Text = strFruits

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Russell FoxDatabase DeveloperCommented:
If you're going to display it in a rich textbox, you can use some html tags:
<blockquote>
<div>			define some settings for a section of text
<em>			font-size in em's
<font>			define the font to use between <font></font>
<ol>			numbered list ("ordered")
	<li>		list item
<strong>		bold
<u>				underline
<ul>			bulleted list ("unordered")
	<li>		list item

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Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:
In MS Access 2007 and higher "Rich Text" is really just HTML.

So you can format your string like this:

<b>strFruits</b>
    ...strFruits will be BOLD

<u>strFruits</u>
    ...strFruits will be UNDERLINED

....etc

But like the prior experts have stated, you don't just "Make" text Rich Text.

You simply add the HTML formatting tags and display the text in a textbox.
Be sure to use a textbox with its "TEXT FORMAT" property set to: Rich Text.

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Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE )Infotrakker SoftwareCommented:
In MS Access 2007 and higher "Rich Text" is really just HTML.
"Rich Text" can be the standard .rtf format as well, but I agree with the others that you should use HTML when doing this. RTF is challenging, to say the least, to create. It's tag based, but the way the tags nest and interact with each other is insanely difficult, and it's quite easy to break the whole structure with a misplaced RTF tag. Unless you really need the high-level formatting of RTF (and if you do, you probably shouldn't be using Access for that) then just stick to HTML.
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SteveL13Author Commented:
I didn't explain this well enough.  What I meant is that I want to be able to highlight part of the text that is in the concatenated block of text and bold just the highlighted portion, or underscore, or italics.  I can do this with a "normal" text field but can't seem to do so with a concatenated text field.
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Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE )Infotrakker SoftwareCommented:
You can do this with any String value, so I'm not sure what you're asking. For example, using your code above:

 ' Strip off the first OR
 If strFruits<>"" then
   strFruits = Mid$(strFruits,4)
   strMessage = "The fruits available are <b>" & strFruits & "</b> for you"
 Else
   strMessage "<u>No fruits for you</u>"
 End If

The above changes would show in BOLD the text contained in your strFruits variable. It would also underline the "No Fruits for you" text.

Jeff has shown you how to make portions of your text Bold (i.e. use the <b></b> tags), and Russell has shown you several different HTML tags you can use. There are many HTML references around the internet that will show you all the tags available (although you should generally stick with the basics, like Bold or Underline).
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Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:
SteveL13,

I just popped in here to lend a hand.
Scott and the prior experts have set you on the correct path...

No points for me...
;-)

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