Add a custom title or icon to a database

Customizing your Microsoft Office Access database with a meaningful title or icon can help make it easier for users to identify the database.



Add a custom title

The application title is the text that appears in the title bar of the Access window and on the Windows taskbar button for the database.

Title Bar and Taskbar Button for database

Callout 1 Title bar
Callout 2 Taskbar button

If you do not enter a custom title for your database, Access displays a default title that is based on the file name of the database. For example, for a database file called Students.accdb, the default, title bar text is Students: Database (Access 2010) - Microsoft Access. The default, taskbar button text, as well as the text that displays when you press ALT+TAB to switch between windows, is Microsoft Access Students: Database (Access 2010). Specifying a custom title enables you to replace that text with more meaningful text, such as Elm High School Students.

 Note   Adding a custom title does not change the file name of the database.

  1. Click File and then click Options.
  2. Click Current Database.
  3. Under Application Options, in the Application Title box, type the title that you want to be displayed.

Adding custom title to application

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Add a custom icon

An application icon is the small graphic that appears next to the title in the Windows taskbar button for the database. This icon also appears when you press ALT+TAB to switch between windows. By default, Access displays the Access program icon. Access does not provide any other icons, but you can replace the default icon with one that you created, or one that you obtained from another source.

  1. Click File and then click Options.
  2. Click Current Database.
  3. Under Application Options, in the Application Icon box, do one of the following:
    • Type the full path of the icon that you want to be displayed, for example, C:\Pictures\StudentIcon.bmp.
    • To browse to the file location of your icon, click Browse.

Adding custom icon to application

 Note   Valid file types include icon (*.ico), cursor (*.cur), and bitmap (*.bmp).

  1. To display the icon on the document tab of each form or report, or in the title bar of the form or report if overlapping windows are used, select the Use as Form and Report Icon check box.

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Applies to:
Access 2010