Access MVP (2010-2015)


Navigate a Continuous Form like Excel…

Continuous forms allow you to display data resembling an Excel spreadsheet.  However, you can’t navigate a Continuous form like you do an Excel spreadsheet (much to your Users dismay), well, that is, not until now…

In your modUtilities copy/paste the below (If you don’t have a modUtilities create one.  It’s a place to keep all your resusable code!)

Sub NavigateRecords(KeyCode As Integer)
On Error GoTo Err_handle

   Select Case KeyCode
     Case 38 '--Up Arrow--
       DoCmd.GoToRecord , , acPrevious
     Case 40 '--Down Arrow--
       DoCmd.GoToRecord , , acNext
   End Select
Exit Sub


End Sub

In Design Mode of the Continuous form, on the KeyDown event of *each* control put Call NavigateRecords(KeyCode), see example below…

Private Sub cboActionID_KeyDown(KeyCode As Integer, Shift As Integer)
Call NavigateRecords(KeyCode)
End Sub

Go to Form View and now you can use the Arrow Keys on your keyboard to navigate your Form.

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