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Microsoft Office® Access 2007 Inside Out by John Viescas and Jeff Conrad

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Creating Custom Ribbons

When your application is running, the user probably won’t want or need some of the Office Access 2007 design features. However, you might want to provide some additional buttons on your form Ribbon so that the user has direct access to commands such as Save Record and Refresh All. For example, open the Conrad Systems Contacts sample database (Contacts.accdb), open the frmContactsPlain form (which uses the built-in Ribbon), and then open the frmContacts form. As you click each form window, Access changes the Ribbon. You can see some useful differences between the two Ribbons, as shown in Figure 24-1.

The standard Ribbon (top) displays many commands and tabs your end users won’t need, compared to the custom form Ribbon (bottom) from the Conrad Systems Contacts sample database.

Figure 24-1. The standard ...

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