Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Roll-Your-Own “Traffic Light” Icon Set

Quote: Here’s a great tip suggested by Clint Covington. Using an expression and a Rich Text text box, you can create a traffic light indicator in an Access form or report, as in the following illustrations:

I really like this use of a Rich Text text box. We used it in my shop successfully- I think it was the first Access 2007 specific feature we used. (Rich Text text boxes became part of Access in the 2007 version, I think.) Take a look at http://blogs.msdn.com/access/archive/2009/04/16/roll-your-own-traffic-light-icon-set.aspx

This solution gives more options for colouring controls on your forms and reports than conditional formatting does.

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