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Why can't I use the Ctrl + Double click shortcut to open the various database objects in Design View?


In Access 2003 and earlier versions, you can Ctrl + Double click to open the various database objects in Design View. Beginning in Access 2007, and continuing with Access 2010, this just opens them in Datasheet view, Form view, et cetera. What's happened to this feature?


With the introduction of the new Navigation Pane in Access 2007 and contuning in Access 2010, there are some functional differences between this new feature and the older Database Window. The Ctrl + Double click trick does not work with objects in the new Navigation Pane.


All is not lost though, here's a great "Inside Out" tip for you: Use Ctrl + Enter to open an object in Design view from the Navigation Pane.



In the above screenshot, I held down the Ctrl key and then pressed Enter to open the web form in Layout view.



See more tips and tricks like this in my book: Microsoft Access 2010 Inside Out




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