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How to enforce or disable the startup options in an Access database project

This article applies only to a Microsoft Access project (.adp).

Moderate: Requires basic macro, coding, and interoperability skills.
SUMMARY
This article describes how to disable the functionality of the SHIFT key that permits you to bypass the startup options. This article also describes how to enforce the startup options in a Microsoft Access database project.
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The startup options that are defined for an Access file determine how the file looks and how the file behaves when you open the file. You can set the startup options by using the startup user interface or by using the AutoExec macro.

To bypass the startup options that are set for the Access database project, hold down the SHIFT key while you open the Access database project.

Alternatively, to enforce the startup options that are set for the Access database project, disable the functionality of the SHIFT key that permits you to bypass the startup options. To do this, set the AllowBypassKey property to False.

To set the AllowBypassKey property to False, follow these steps.

Steps for an Access project (.adp)

  1. Start Access.
  2. Open an Access database project.
  3. Press ALT + F11 to open the Visual Basic editor.
  4. In the Visual Basic editor, click Immediate Window on the View menu.
  5. Type the following code or paste the following code in the Immediate window, and then press ENTER.
    CurrentProject.Properties.Add "AllowBypassKey", False
  6. Close the Visual Basic Editor, and then close the Access database project.
  7. Open the Access database project. Try to bypass the startup options that are set for the Access database project by holding down the SHIFT key while you open the Access database project.

    The functionality of the SHIFT key that permits you to bypass the startup option is disabled. Although you hold down the SHIFT key to bypass the startup options, the startup options are executed. You cannot bypass the startup options.

Steps for an Access database (.mdb or .accdb)

  1. Start Access.
  2. Create a new module, and then add the following two functions:
    Function ap_DisableShift()'This function disable the shift at startup. This action causes'the Autoexec macro and Startup properties to always be executed.On Error GoTo errDisableShiftDim db As DAO.DatabaseDim prop as DAO.PropertyConst conPropNotFound = 3270Set db = CurrentDb()'This next line disables the shift key on startup.db.Properties("AllowByPassKey") = False'The function is successful.Exit FunctionerrDisableShift:'The first part of this error routine creates the "AllowByPassKey'property if it does not exist.If Err = conPropNotFound ThenSet prop = db.CreateProperty("AllowByPassKey", _dbBoolean, False)db.Properties.Append propResume NextElseMsgBox "Function 'ap_DisableShift' did not complete successfully."Exit FunctionEnd IfEnd FunctionFunction ap_EnableShift()'This function enables the SHIFT key at startup. This action causes'the Autoexec macro and the Startup properties to be bypassed'if the user holds down the SHIFT key when the user opens the database.On Error GoTo errEnableShiftDim db as DAO.DatabaseDim prop as DAO.PropertyConst conPropNotFound = 3270Set db = CurrentDb()'This next line of code disables the SHIFT key on startup.db.Properties("AllowByPassKey") = True'function successfulExit FunctionerrEnableShift:'The first part of this error routine creates the "AllowByPassKey'property if it does not exist.If Err = conPropNotFound ThenSet prop = db.CreateProperty("AllowByPassKey", _dbBoolean, True)db.Properties.Append propResume NextElseMsgBox "Function 'ap_DisableShift' did not complete successfully."Exit FunctionEnd IfEnd Function
  3. In the Visual Basic editor, click Immediate Window on the View menu.
  4. If you want to disable the SHIFT key, type ap_DisableShift in the Immediate window, and then press ENTER. If you want to enable the shift key, type ap_EnableShift in the Immediate window, and then press ENTER.
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Article ID: 826765 - Last Review: 03/04/2009 23:34:30 - Revision: 4.0

Microsoft Office Access 2007, Microsoft Office Access 2003, Microsoft Access 2002 Standard Edition, Microsoft Access 2000 Standard Edition

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