Could anyone shed any light on how I could change the look of my database so it looks like an application, i mean without the Access background, etc.. so my forms run as application windows and not within the database window.
I have attached a zip folder that has a sample shortcut, sample database and one form in it, and a .jpg image that is designed to show on the sample pop up form. If you just open the database, and if everything works as it should, the pop up form will explain what you are looking for. I have found this to be a wonderful way to run simple "utilities" for myself. But it will also work for an application as you are looking for.
Vic did not invent this, but learned the technique from another forum, and has now written about 5 "utility" programs/apps for himself (me). Spell checker, cash flow analysis, popup calendar (I'm always needing a date quickly), TimeRecordKeeping (for work done for clients), and the latest, not ready yet for publication, SQL to VBA which takes a SQL string and converts it into VBA code. This is for when you need to create the SQL in VBA code, you can take the initial code from the QBE SQL view and just post it into your VBA code.
right i have turned everything off (apart from special keys) in startup options, but it still has the file edit menu at the top as well as about an inch of space to the right hand side of my main form? any idea's?
Are you opening it with a shortcut? If so, the shortcut must be set to Run: Minimized. If not opening with a shortcut, then make a shortcut and open it with the shortcut. That is the only way I know to run the application Minimized, and still allow the pop up form to pop up by itself, without the Access application in the background.