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Is there a hotkey to switch from Form view to Design View?

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Anyone know an easy way to toggle between Form and Design view with a hotkey?

I know you can switch from Design view to Form view with hotkey F5. But is there a hotkey to switch back (from Form view to Design)? Shift-F5 is not it.

I've searched Google and I can't believe I couldn't find an answer. Please help.

Adam
Sep 22 '09 #1

✓ answered by ChipR

This page is a duplicate of the relevant Access 2007 help page. It seems to say that all the 2003 shortcuts are still available.
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/he...860491033.aspx

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With the default ribbon in 2007, it's Alt H W D. I don't see any alternatives though.
Sep 22 '09 #2

NeoPa
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Using the standard menu bar in versions up to and including 2003 simply use Alt-V D to switch to Design View and Alt-V F to switch to Form view.
Sep 22 '09 #3

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Just as a note, Access 2007 supports those commands also.
Sep 22 '09 #4

NeoPa
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I don't use Access 2007 so I've no idea about such things. Does it support all the old menu structure by any chance?
Sep 22 '09 #5

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This page is a duplicate of the relevant Access 2007 help page. It seems to say that all the 2003 shortcuts are still available.
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/he...860491033.aspx
Sep 22 '09 #6

NeoPa
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Thanks Chip. That was helpful :)
Sep 22 '09 #7

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It seems easy to go from DESIGN to FORM view:

In Design View...
F5 - takes you immediately into Form View.
Alt-V F will also take you to Form View.

But it is not as easy to go from FORM to DESIGN...

Alt-V D does not seem to work. Alt-V responds, but D generates a beep-error.

The quickest way I know is still to right mouse click to get the menu, but that means my fingers have to leave the keys, and that slows me down.

I can't help but feel that there is a better way.
-Adam
Sep 23 '09 #8

NeoPa
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Adam,

I don't have Access 2007 installed so I can't check this for you, but if you say the Alt-V works for you, then do that first. It should open a menu within which there is a Design View option. Look to see which letter is underlined and use that as the next letter in the shortcut.

I fully understand the requirement not to switch continually between keyboard & mouse. I like to use shortcuts whenever I can (and I'm on the keyboard of course ;))
Sep 23 '09 #9

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Nope, doesn't work.

In Access 2007, when you hit Alt-V, a small dialog box appears over the ribbon and says...

"Office 2003 Access Key: Alt-V: Continue typing the office 2003 menu key sequence, or press Escape to cancel."

It doesn't show a menu.

...at this point, if I'm in Design view and I press F, I will go to form view, but if I'm in Form view and press D, I get an error beep.

I don't understand why it doesn't work.
Sep 24 '09 #10

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It works for me in 2007. I'm wondering if it's something specific to your form.
Sep 24 '09 #11

NeoPa
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@AdamOnAccess
That's really quite unfortunate Adam. It's a shame that the manufacturer (Microsoft) doesn't seem to appreciate the responsibility it should feel towards existing customers of its products. I suspect this type of "follow our lead or else" attitude will not help their market share in the long run. Unfortunately for those of us who are customers, it leaves us poorly supported.
Sep 24 '09 #12

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What responsibility do you mean? Obviously, this is very vague and will differ from person to person, but I consider it a very nice feature to support old key sequences at all.
Sep 24 '09 #13

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ChipR,

You're right! I created a new form and didn't change any properties, and it worked!

I'll have to fool around with the various properties to figure it out.

Thanks for the help!
Adam
Sep 24 '09 #14

NeoPa
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@ChipR
The responsibility to ensure that users upgrading from one version of their software to a later one can do it with a minimum of hassle and relearning. It is after all, supposed to be a new version rather than a different application.
@ChipR
I can only suggest that people who pay good money to upgrade software they've already paid for once (or a number of times in many cases) would hardly be well served if the software changed its interface every version.

Do you know of any other software vendor that feels it can be so cavalier as Microsoft seems to with their latest releases (to be fair I'm mainly talking about Office 2007 & Vista which aren't so new now)?
Sep 24 '09 #15

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@ChipR
I was just perusing this page, and I know it was asked a long time ago, but has anyone tried [Ctrl]-, (ctrl key and comma together). It worked for me.
Aug 26 '13 #16

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Thank you karaki!!!!!!! that works for me in windows 7 office 2010. Also to get back to form view just do ctrl+.
Sep 14 '17 #17

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@karaki
Thanks!!! F5 and Ctrl comma works for me in Access 2018.
Aug 14 '18 #18

NeoPa
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Hi Liz.

Just an FYI:
The latest perpetual licence version of Access released to date is 2016, but 2019 is in the offing. Otherwise it's 365.
Aug 14 '18 #19

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