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- Create a Microsoft Access user profile.
- Under your Access user profile subkey, create a subkey called \Run-Time Options.
- Do one or more of the following:
Replace the Access title bar with an application-specific title
- Create a subkey TitleBar under the \Run Time Options subkey.
- Set the value of TitleBar as the text you want displayed in the title bar of your application's main window.
- This setting corresponds to the Application Title startup property.
- AppTitleBar is also a valid subkey that Access provides for backward compatibility.
Replace the Access icon with an application-specific icon
- Create a subkey Icon under the \Run Time Options subkey.
- Set the value of Icon as the path to the icon displayed in your application's title bar and when your application is minimized.
Note This setting corresponds to the Application Icon startup property.
Specify an application-specific Help file
- Create a subkey AppHelpFile under the \Run Time Options subkey.
- Set the value of AppHelpFile as the path to the default Help file used when a user first gets Help.
Display a splash screen that uniquely identifies and announces your application when it starts
- Create a subkey StartupScreen under the \Run Time Options subkey.
- Set the value of StartupScreen as the name of the splash screen.
- A splash screen is different from a startup form and displays before any startup form you might have specified in the Startup dialog box. This run-time option takes precedence over a splash screen defined without using a run-time option.
- AppSplashScreen is also a valid subkey that Access provides for backward compatibility.
Create a splash screen without using a run-time option
- Create a bitmap (bitmap: A picture made from a series of small dots, much like a piece of graph paper with certain squares filled in to form shapes and lines. When stored as files, bitmaps usually have the extension .bmp.) with the same name as your application and a .bmp extension. For example, if your application name is Taxes.mdb, your bitmap file name would be Taxes.bmp.
- Put it in the same folder as your application.
- Using Microsoft Windows Explorer, create a shortcut for your application by clicking File, pointing to New, and clicking Shortcut. In the Create Shortcut dialog box, specify the path to your application. For example: "C:\My Files\Taxes.mdb". Click Next, specify a name for the shortcut, and click Finish.
When you run your application, Access looks for the bitmap, and if it finds one, uses it as a splash screen.