MS access vba - How to get message box to popup after form opened

Hi, I would like to have a message display in some cases on a form opening. I open the form from another form - I can get the message to display on Open, current, load events but the popup displays before the form opens so the old form is in the background not the new one.

Does anyone know how to do get it so the form opens then the message displays.

Current code is.
Private Sub Form_Current()
If Me.Status = 1 Then
    MsgBox "Message to Display", vbOKOnly, "Test Popup"
End If
End Sub

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Gustav BrockCIOCommented:
Move the code to the Form_Activate() event.

Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE)President / OwnerCommented:
Depends on how/where/when your hiding the old form.  I would:

1. Hide the calling form before you call the Open for the new form.
2. Put the code in OnOpen or OnLoad event.  If OnOpen, you'll need a Me.Repaint to force the form to draw.

Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:
I'm confused as well.
I see the current event calling a message box, ...but I don't see how you are opening the form. (or hiding the first form?)
...Nor is it clear what form the current event code is on,? (the main form, or the form you are trying to open...?)

In the most basic sense you would open the form, then open the messagebox:
From form1, do something like this:
    DoCmd.OpenForm "Form2"
    MsgBox "Junk"

So here, form1 is open, then the code opens form2 and then the messagebox.
...the message box is then on top of Form 2, (which seems like what you are after...)

To clear things up, can you first explain the need for this functionality?
...or walk us through both user scenarios (step by step)
Something like this:
"I want a user to______________, Then I want___________ to_______."
"But if_____________, then I want_____________to happen"
In a lot of cases, opening a message box (that, in effect, "Pauses" your app), each time a condition is met, might become annoying to users as they must close the message box in order to proceed.

Another alternative might be to display the same "message" in a textbox on either of the forms.
...Or use a form itself as a messagebox (where you have more control things)


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donhannamAuthor Commented:
Thanks Jeff - I never thought of calling the message box from the originating form after I opened the second form - that works perfectly. I was trying to display it from the second form when it opened. I'll try and be clearer in future questions.
donhannamAuthor Commented:
Also /gustav I meant to say I tried on activate - this works but comes up everytime you move from one form to another and back to this form which was not ideal.
Jeffrey CoachmanMIS LiasonCommented:
Glad I could help.
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