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Using MS Access/Access Form Maximized in Design View


Tudor wrote at 2015-03-05 08:35:43
This happened to me. Assuming you're still in Access 2007, open the database so only the Database Window is showing. From the Ribbon, select File/Options

In the Options dialog form, select Current Database

Under Application Options, my settings for "Document Window Options" were set as "Tabbed Documents". I changed the selection to "Overlapping Windows" and clicked <OK>

Resert the application (Hold down shift so no form is executed). Opened a form in design view and now it shows as a floating form which eased my own frustration no end :)

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