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Access 2003 VBA Programmer's Reference by Armen Stein, Graham Seach, Teresa Hennig, Patricia Cardoza

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I.6. Use a Splash Screen

You can display a custom logo (instead of the Access logo) while the Access program loads. Name a bitmap the same name as your mdb file (YourAppName.bmp) and put it in the same folder as the MDB. This bitmap image will be displayed instead of the Access startup logo when you launch your application.

Now, with a fast computer, you probably won't notice this logo since it will only be displayed for a fraction of a second. So, you need another splash screen. The first screen of your application should always be a splash screen that shows at least the application name, client's company name, version number, and your company name. This single feature says, "this is a professional application."

When your application starts, it should show a Splash screen with a logo (either yours or your client's) and some basic application information, as shown in Figure I-13.

Figure I.13. Figure I-13

Example code for displaying the Splash screen for a specified number of seconds (3 or 4 seconds seems like a good duration) can be found on the Microsoft Knowledgebase article 101374.

I.6.1. Pop-Up Memo Workspace Form with Spell-Check

Sometimes you want to give your user more room to enter long text into a memo field. Instead of using the built-in Access zoom feature, you can include a workspace feature to zoom into a memo field, allow the user to OK or Cancel their changes, ...

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