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CHIPS Articles: How Can I?, October-December 2001

How Can I?, October-December 2001
By CHIPS Magazine - October-December 2001
Ask the experts at the SPAWAR Systems Center Charleston Technology Training Center Norfolk. The training team shares field experience, provides high-quality training and technical support. Service to customers includes answering users' questions. Some of the most recent inquiries are listed below.

Thanks to the following instructors for their input: Alice Butler, Dale Davis, Tom Donnelly and Glenn Krell.

Microsoft Outlook

QUESTION: I like to work with the Preview Pane active. When I move through the messages, they are marked as read when I have not actually opened them. How do I change this so that they remain unread until I open them?

ANSWER: You are correct and this is the default. To change this, select from the menu Tools/Options/Other tab and then the Preview Pane button. Remove the check from "Mark item as read when selection changes." This will implement the change.

Microsoft Access

QUESTION: How do I create command buttons with color?

ANSWER: The Command Button options do not include color option settings. But, you can create a label object and set the options so that it functions like a command button. To do this, follow the steps below:

1. Create a label object with desired size and text. We named ours IblColorButton.
2. Set background color as desired.
3. Set SpecialEffect property to "Raised".
4. Code MouseDown event with IblColorButton.SpecialEffect = 2. That will give it a sunken look.
5. Code MouseUp event with IblColorButton.SpecialEffect = 1. That will give it a raised look.
6. Code OnClick event with desired action just as you would for a regular command button.
7. The code for each of the events is shown below:
Private Sub IblColorButton_MouseDown(Button As Integer, Shift As Integer, X As Single, Y As Single)
Me.IblColorButton.SpecialEffect = 2
End Sub
Private Sub lblColorButton_MouseUp(Button As Integer, Shift As Integer, X As Single, Y As Single)
Me.IblColorButton.SpecialEffect = 1
End Sub
Private Sub IblColorButton_Click()
MsgBox("On Clicked,called me")
REM This MsgBox event was done to verify it was functioning.
End Sub

Microsoft Word 2000

QUESTION: I create instructions with "pictures" of screens. Often, I place a graphic arrow into the document pointing from the text to the area of the screen under discussion. Recently, something has happened to my Word program such that placing the arrow causes the picture to move and the arrow just sits there in open space—this is of little value. Believe it or not, I am trying to cut back on formatting. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

ANSWER: Position the two objects where you need them. You may need to select the properties of the arrow, so that it will sit in front of the larger object. Select Format Object from the Format menu, Layout, and then "in front of text". Now, select both the graphic reflecting the screen and the arrow. From the Drawing Toolbar select Draw, then Group. The two together are now one and move together and can be sized together.

If you look at properties of the object ... Advanced button ... you can move the object with the text. This way, as you edit the text, the object will move like a paragraph.

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