Status Messages in Access

Here is a way to be able to show status messages when running a macro in MS Access.

1. Create a form and name it something useful. In my example, the form is called “Status”
2. On this form, create a text box. When you create the box, you will have the text box itself as well as a label. The label is optional. Select the text box and look at the property sheet. In the Other tab, either make note of the name, or rename the element to something memorable. In my example, the element is called “Text1”.


3. In your macro, add an “OpenForm” event to open the form you’ve just created. Window Mode should be “Normal.” I thought it would be cool, if it was a pop up windows, but the macro will not continue to run as long as the window is open.
4. In your macro, add “SetValue” at locations where you want to update the status message. The Item value for my example is “[Forms]![Status]![Text1]”. You can use the magic want to search for the element. The value for Expression is the message you want to display in quotes.


Every SetValue step will change the message in the form.