Switchboard Forms in Microsoft Access

A switchboard is essentially a Microsoft Access form that allows you to facilitate navigation or perform tasks within your database application. This form is basically a customised menu that contains user-defined commands; using either buttons, labels, images or hyperlinks, that invoke actions that will automatically carry out tasks for you such as opening other forms, running queries or printing reports.
The form will typically contain various command (buttons), which your users can then click on to carry out the pre-defined actions that you have associated with these commands.

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Closing forms when return to the switchboard again
I have a switchboard form in my database and from here I move to other forms and then return to the switchboard after reviewing, how do I get the forms to close when I return to the switchboard again? I have read a few of the threads, yet still can't get my head around it at the moment.

Designing A Switchboard
To deliver your application and make it more functional, you need to provide a central point for your users to choose and access the right component to do their job. That's the role of a switchboard. There are at least two common ways you can create or build a switchboard. You can use Microsoft Access built-in features to build a switchboard, or you can design one from a form.

Display in form view from switchboard
I am working with a pre-existing database that launches forms from a switchboard. I believe the switchboard was made via the wizard.

Some of the forms launch in datasheet view through the switchboard even though they have form views available.

I've tried adding the acNormal parameter to the form-opening part of the switchboard code, but have not been successful.

What is switchboard
A Switchboard is a type of form that displays a menu of items that a user can click on to launch data entry forms, reports, queries and other actions in the database. A switchboard is typically created after all of the forms and reports for a database application have been completed. It can be used to guide the user to an appropriate set of forms and reports.
Note that starting with Access 2010, Switchboards are not available by default (you will need to add this to the ribbon bar manually using the Options). Access 2010 now makes use of the Navigation Forms

Switchboard Not in Forms List
I'm trying to create a switchboard using the switchboard manager, but after I create it, it is not found in the Forms list. It created the Switchboard Items table, but no form. What gives?

Forms do not operate properly when accessed through switchboard
When I access a form from the switchboard, I am unable to create multiple records or scroll through records. It stays on the 1st record. However, if I go to the form without using theswitchboard, it scrolls through the records just fine.How do I correct this? Is this a relationship linking issue? If so, how do I link the forms to the switchboard?

Microsoft Access 97 Switchboard -- Regaining Design Toolbars
I've managed to turn off the tool bars when recently creating a new switchboard menu that opens upon start up. I would not only like to improve the design of the switchboard menu, but also modify some of the button options.

I no longer have a toolbar option that allows me to modify the switchboard menu. How can I get this back?

Delete/remove the switchboard
In Microsoft Access 2003/XP/2000/97, I have a switchboard but I want to remove it. How can I delete the switchboard from the database? To delete a switchboard, you need to make sure that you manually delete two objects from your database.

Why are my records not displaying in the Switchboard
I've got some Forms and Filters that are opened via a Switchboard when selected. They all work just fine when I open them individually (outside of the Switchboard). The Forms which only have links to reports, open their respective Reports and display the data without issue.

BUT the Forms and Filters which display live data (and allow for the adding/deleting of records) from the Queries show NO data at all WHEN BEING OPENED FROM INSIDE THE SWITCHBOARD. Isthere a setting I am forgetting to turn on or alter?

maximize switchboard upon opening
I've created a database that opens showing a switchboard to access forms within. When I open the database the switchboard is not mamimized to show the full switchboard screen. This is a small issue, but I'd like to get it set up correctly. I hit the maximize button and then save the database, but when I close and reopen the database it's back to the same

Hiding Microsoft Access Database Forms
I have a Microsoft Access form with four command buttons that display specific forms using the DoCmd.OpenForm action. I want to hide the main database switchboard form whenever one of the four buttons is clicked on and then restore the main form when the user closes the form opened by the command button.

Exporting a Switchboard
My problem is I need to export a switchboard form out of my Access database and make it avalible for anybodyt to access it without having to open up Access to use it. I also need the switchboard to be accessible by those who do not have Access 2007 installed on there computers i.e Access 2003. Please tell me how I can export the switchboard in such a way

Switchboard Error
I have a Switchboard defined with 7 rows in the Switchboard table, all generated using the Switchboard Manager. However, when I run the application, opening the Switchboard via Autoexec, I have an 8th button with no label and when I click that button the app returns a Unknown Option error.

Any ideas? I have dropped and re-created the Switchboard a couple of times, with the same result each time.

I am running Access 2007 on Windows

Switchboard Corrupted
I am a novice Access user who does not know anything about VBA modules etc, but I am good in databases in general.
So, I have this database at work, which got corrupted when I was out of town. Access asked if we want it to auto repair (or something of that sort). We said yes, and it recovered the database, but then when we now open the database, the switchboard opens, but its just blank.
However, if I go to the switchboard manager, I can see that there is a switchboard there and everything looks just fine.
I can also create a new switchboard, but even that one comes up as blank.

I think its due to some VBA modules which could not be recovered by Access.

However, we do have a backup from about 2 weeks back, in which the switchboard works fine.

I have tried all sorts of tricks, but I am unable to get the switchboard working.

Problems with switchboard size
I used the Switchboard Manager in Access 2003 to create a switchboard. I also created a button on one of my form to exit back to the switchboard. When you return to the switchboard, it is no longer small, but expanded to the entire screen.

I've played around with it, but haven't found any obvious tweak to make it stay the same size.

Switchboard name changing in 2007
I have a switchboard that has 3 sub switchboards in an access 2007 database. The default switchboard displays the wrong name. The others do not. In switchboard manager, the correct name is displayed

Make a Switchboard That Contains Queries
The training I've seen for making a switchboard seems to be limited to adding forms or reports, but I am interested in adding queries. Do I just make the switchboard as if it were to becomposed of forms, but then link to the queries instead?

Additionally my queries, as currently configured, prompt for a date range (start and end) and then depending on the purpose, will also ask for entry of numerical codes or part numbers. but would rather have the switchboard initiate pop-up tables that show the numerical codes or part numbers, and then they would just click whatthey want.

Microsoft Access Custom Form Navigation
Customising Microsoft Access forms, adding your own menus and command buttons is part of creating a Microsoft Access database application and designing an Access graphical user interface. Microsoft Access forms can contain the built in Access navigation buttons and record counter, or you may wish to add your own.

Adding A Flash Movie To A Microsoft Access Form
Question: The problem is this: My boss has requested that I include an animated company logo which has been created using Flash in our Microsoft Access database splash screen, to be opened prior to the database switchboard form opening. From here i want to open any forms, queries and reports.
Is this possible, any help or advice would grateful as I have tried and can not find the solution?
ANSWER » Yes, this is possible using the following details and design -

Main Switchboard
I am using Access 2002 version. I deleted the main switchboard from the Forms list. How do I recover it