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hacking to the core of access

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Hi Gurus

I have often wondered if you can change settings that are at "the core" of
access.

For example:
- the format of a new combo box
- the next number of an autonumber
- etc....

Is there a limit to the things you can set in Access. Are some settings
beyond control/hard wired???

TIA

- Nicolaas
Nov 13 '05 #1
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You could probably open the .exe in a hex-editor and change a few values at
random, it might be worth a laugh if nothing else. <g>

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Michael Hopwood
"WindAndWaves" <ac****@ngaru.com> wrote in message
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Hi Gurus

I have often wondered if you can change settings that are at "the core" of
access.

For example:
- the format of a new combo box
- the next number of an autonumber
- etc....

Is there a limit to the things you can set in Access. Are some settings
beyond control/hard wired???

TIA

- Nicolaas

Nov 13 '05 #2

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Stephen Lebans has written lots of code to use the API to do things Access is
not directly able to do. Check out http://www.lebans.com.

On Sun, 13 Jun 2004 19:37:06 +1200, "WindAndWaves" <ac****@ngaru.com> wrote:
Hi Gurus

I have often wondered if you can change settings that are at "the core" of
access.

For example:
- the format of a new combo box
- the next number of an autonumber
- etc....

Is there a limit to the things you can set in Access. Are some settings
beyond control/hard wired???

TIA

- Nicolaas


Nov 13 '05 #3

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that is the one! LOL Good fun
Nov 13 '05 #4

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Yes, you can change the format of a new combo box - search
around in help or google for how to set the defaults for
controls.

You can set the next autonumber of a table using ADOX or DDL.
- search around in help or google for information.

(david)
"Michael Hopwood" <la******@spammers.co.uk> wrote in message
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You could probably open the .exe in a hex-editor and change a few values at random, it might be worth a laugh if nothing else. <g>

--
Michael Hopwood
"WindAndWaves" <ac****@ngaru.com> wrote in message
news:nv******************@news.xtra.co.nz...
Hi Gurus

I have often wondered if you can change settings that are at "the core" of access.

For example:
- the format of a new combo box
- the next number of an autonumber
- etc....

Is there a limit to the things you can set in Access. Are some settings
beyond control/hard wired???

TIA

- Nicolaas


Nov 13 '05 #5

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Michael Hopwood wrote:
You could probably open the .exe in a hex-editor and change a few values at
random, it might be worth a laugh if nothing else. <g>


I used to do that in DOS, e.g. in command.com I would change the message
"Access Denied" to "No way Josť", needed a reboot though as DOS would
hang with an "Invalid command.com, system halted" message right after
modifying it.

I also tried on a windows program once, DataEase Express it was, there
was a hand pointer for some operations, for laffs I wanted to change the
finger that did the pointing IYSWIM so I used the resource editor that
came with MS C/C++, which was able to manipulate resources within exe
files directly. That didn't work, Express would GPF. Shame really.
Express was written in Borland C so perhaps there was something in the
exe that the MS program didn't understand or take care of fully.

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Nov 13 '05 #6

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