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DS
Anyone know the difference between the 2 and/or what the different
combinations of them produce.
Thanks
DS
Nov 13 '05 #1
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Hello, DS. From my limited experience of using either of these forms,
it seems that a pop-up form is mostly to convey information to the
user. I have used modal forms to ensure strict guidelines are followed
by the user. For example: I had a modal form in which I wanted an
automated sequential number to appear. To be able to use the number
again in the event that the user did not use the form, the number was
discarded and used the next time the form was opened. If the user
entered valid data on the form, the number would then be added to a
table so the next number could be used. By using a modal form, they
had only one way out. I turned of the close form button and the resize
buttons. It had only two buttons connected to CBF. The buttons were
Cancel or OK. If they pressed the OK button, the form would validate
the entry and determine if the automated number was used. If they used
the Cancel button, it simply closed the form.
I'll be back to see if this helped you any.
FlSteve

Nov 13 '05 #2
A pop-up form allows you to go back to the first form while with a modal
form you must close the form or make it not visible before you can go back
to the original form.

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Anyone know the difference between the 2 and/or what the different
combinations of them produce.
Thanks
DS

Nov 13 '05 #3
The relationship between these two properties is quite complex.

The best way to understand them is:-
Create two forms (Form1 and Form2)
Put a command button on Form1 which opens Form2 (DoCmd.OpenForm "Form2")
Change these two properties in a logical manner observing the
relationship between the two forms

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Anyone know the difference between the 2 and/or what the different
combinations of them produce.
Thanks
DS

Nov 13 '05 #4
A popup form stays on top of all forms opened.

This is good for wizard type stuff, or perhaps some clock display that you
want on top of all forms at all times.

As for model forms?

When a model form is opened, it naturally is on top of the form that
launched it. (but, any popup still remains on top of everything).

The model form MUST be close to get back to the previous form. So, if 1
model form opens another, and that opens another..then the users is forced
BACK the same way. So, model forms do stack up on top of each other.
However, a popup form remains on top of all forms

Often, a lot of my forms are model, since they force the user to finishes up
the current form, and then close it to return to where they came from.

In addition to model, and popup, there is also a 3rd type of form called
acDialog. acDialog forms are very different them model forms, and also very
different then popup forms.

You can read about them here:

Building dialog and prompt forms in ms-access.
By Albert D. Kallal
Friday, June 04, 2004
http://www.members.shaw.ca/AlbertKal...log/Index.html

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Nov 13 '05 #5
DS
Albert D. Kallal wrote:
A popup form stays on top of all forms opened.

This is good for wizard type stuff, or perhaps some clock display that you
want on top of all forms at all times.

As for model forms?

When a model form is opened, it naturally is on top of the form that
launched it. (but, any popup still remains on top of everything).

The model form MUST be close to get back to the previous form. So, if 1
model form opens another, and that opens another..then the users is forced
BACK the same way. So, model forms do stack up on top of each other.
However, a popup form remains on top of all forms

Often, a lot of my forms are model, since they force the user to finishes up
the current form, and then close it to return to where they came from.

In addition to model, and popup, there is also a 3rd type of form called
acDialog. acDialog forms are very different them model forms, and also very
different then popup forms.

You can read about them here:

Building dialog and prompt forms in ms-access.
By Albert D. Kallal
Friday, June 04, 2004
http://www.members.shaw.ca/AlbertKal...log/Index.html

Thank You for your In-Depth look at the 2.
DS
Nov 13 '05 #6

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