update command buttons with more modern icons RRS feed

  • Question

  • I'm working with an Access database that was originally created with Access 2000 or 2003. I've converted it to an .accdb format. I'd like to get more modern icons on the command buttons. But when I display the properties of a command button and try to select a picture for it, browsing the list of available bmp files shows me a list of 2003 vintage icons.

    How can I get this database to use Access 2010 or newer icons so my Access application more closely resembles users' Office 2010-2016?

    Monday, December 10, 2018 2:07 PM

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  • Add your images to the Image Gallery (Design > Controls > Insert Image). Then select it using the Picture property.

    -Tom. Microsoft Access MVP

    Monday, December 10, 2018 2:15 PM
  • Close. So where are the standard Access icons? They're not in .bmp files, are they? What to I browse to so I can select and add?
    Monday, December 10, 2018 2:41 PM
  • Not sure if this is what you are looking for. 


    This video link refers to a developers resources file that might have the information you seek.

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    Monday, December 10, 2018 3:10 PM
  • Not quite. I'm not trying to add custom icons -- I know how to do that. I'm just trying to have Access use 2010 icons instead of the old 2000 and/or 2003 icons. Below are two icons I get from two different Access 2010 databases, both on my computer. The first one shows an old style printer icon, the second one shows a new style printer icon.

    Monday, December 10, 2018 3:46 PM
  • Here's the new style icon.

    Monday, December 10, 2018 3:46 PM
  • Do you get the new style icon on new buttons? If yes as I assume, that may be the only way.

    -Tom. Microsoft Access MVP

    Monday, December 10, 2018 6:41 PM
  • Creating a new command button shows me the old style icons, too. I've done this on about 8 databases in the past several years. Once I start using them with Access 2010 or newer, I've always gotten the new pictures for buttons, as far as I remember. I'm not sure what's different with this one.

    I created a new database, imported one form from the old database, in the new database creating a command button on the imported form shows the new icons as options. Also in the new database changing the picture for an existing command button shows me the new icons.

    Maybe that's what I've always done -- created a new database in the new version of Access, then imported everything into it.

    If anyone can think of anything short of doing this, I'd appreciate it.

    Monday, December 10, 2018 7:19 PM