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Hidden form showing in Windows task bar

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Access 97/2003 Windows XP (Classic Start Menu)

I just converted an mdb from A97 to A2K3 and found something that,
after Google search, doesn't appear to have been addressed in cdma...

I have a form "frmMainMenu" that is the designated startup form (under
Tools-Startup). In the Open event of that form, I open another form
"frmHidden" and set its Visible property to false.

When I converted to A2K3, it worked fine just like in A97. But when I
went into Tools-Startup and checked the box under Application Icon
that reads "Use as Form and Report Icon", the Windows task bar showed
two windows open - frmMainMenu and frmHidden. The Access application
window only shows the Main Menu form, but if I choose frmHidden from
the task bar, it appears.

Without unchecking it, when I close and reopen I get the same
behavior. But when I do uncheck that option, frmHidden stays hidden.

I can live without having each form and report use the same icon as
the main app, but I wonder if anyone has experienced this before, and
if there's a known fix for it?
Jan 3 '08 #1
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"Robert McEuen" <rm****@aegonusa.comwrote in message
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Access 97/2003 Windows XP (Classic Start Menu)

I just converted an mdb from A97 to A2K3 and found something that,
after Google search, doesn't appear to have been addressed in cdma...

I have a form "frmMainMenu" that is the designated startup form (under
Tools-Startup). In the Open event of that form, I open another form
"frmHidden" and set its Visible property to false.

When I converted to A2K3, it worked fine just like in A97. But when I
went into Tools-Startup and checked the box under Application Icon
that reads "Use as Form and Report Icon", the Windows task bar showed
two windows open - frmMainMenu and frmHidden. The Access application
window only shows the Main Menu form, but if I choose frmHidden from
the task bar, it appears.

Without unchecking it, when I close and reopen I get the same
behavior. But when I do uncheck that option, frmHidden stays hidden.

I can live without having each form and report use the same icon as
the main app, but I wonder if anyone has experienced this before, and
if there's a known fix for it?
Why have forms showing in the task bar at all? Try un-checking 'Windows in
task bar' on the view tab of the options dialog (Menu: Tools->Options).
Jan 3 '08 #2

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On Jan 3, 1:04 pm, "Stuart McCall" <smcc...@myunrealbox.comwrote:
"Robert McEuen" <rmc...@aegonusa.comwrote in message

news:08**********************************@e25g2000 prg.googlegroups.com...
Access 97/2003 Windows XP (Classic Start Menu)
I just converted an mdb from A97 to A2K3 and found something that,
after Google search, doesn't appear to have been addressed in cdma...
I have a form "frmMainMenu" that is the designated startup form (under
Tools-Startup). In the Open event of that form, I open another form
"frmHidden" and set its Visible property to false.
When I converted to A2K3, it worked fine just like in A97. But when I
went into Tools-Startup and checked the box under Application Icon
that reads "Use as Form and Report Icon", the Windows task bar showed
two windows open - frmMainMenu and frmHidden. The Access application
window only shows the Main Menu form, but if I choose frmHidden from
the task bar, it appears.
Without unchecking it, when I close and reopen I get the same
behavior. But when I do uncheck that option, frmHidden stays hidden.
I can live without having each form and report use the same icon as
the main app, but I wonder if anyone has experienced this before, and
if there's a known fix for it?

Why have forms showing in the task bar at all? Try un-checking 'Windows in
task bar' on the view tab of the options dialog (Menu: Tools->Options).

Thanks for your reply, Stuart.

That solution works if it's a personal preference of mine and will
only ever be opened on my machine. But this is a multi-user database,
and the "Windows in Taskbar" setting is an Access application level
setting. So if the mdb is opened on a machine that has "Windows in
Taskbar" checked, the problem persists.

I suppose I could look into setting that option via code, but that
would also have to include a prior determination of the state of that
setting so that I could set it back, if needed (it would be rude not
to!). Interesting stuff, but maybe better addressed in a new thread
if/when I have to resort to that.

Does anyone else have any suggestions for/experience with the "Use as
Form and Report Icon" conundrum?
Jan 4 '08 #3

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