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ACC2000: You Do Not See the Toolbox in Design View of a Form or a Report

Article ID: 248059

Article Last Modified on 12/12/2002


  • Microsoft Access 2000 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q248059

Novice: Requires knowledge of the user interface on single-user computers.

This article applies to a Microsoft Access database (.mdb) and to a Microsoft Access project (.adp).


When you open a form or a report in Design view, you don't see the toolbox. This is true even though the Toolbox command is checked on the Toolbars submenu on the View menu.


The toolbox is positioned off the viewable area of the screen.


Because the toolbox is a CommandBar object, you can use code to position the toolbox on the screen again. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Start Microsoft Access.
  2. Open a database.
  3. Open any form in Design view.
  4. Press CTRL+G to open the Immediate window in the Visual Basic Editor.
  5. Type the following command in the Immediate window, and then press ENTER:

    CommandBars("Toolbox").Left = 100
  6. Type the following command in the Immediate window, and then press ENTER:

    CommandBars("Toolbox").Top = 100
  7. Press ALT+F11 to switch back to Design view of the form in Microsoft Access.

The toolbox should now be located 100 pixels from the left and 100 pixels from the top of the screen.


For additional information about recovering design windows that have been positioned off the screen, such as the Form/Report Properties window, the field list, and the Sorting/Grouping dialog box, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

200412 ACC97: Can't See Dialog Box on System That Had Dual Monitors

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