Total Access Components
27 Powerful Custom Controls Designed Exclusively for Access
95 and 97
Microsoft Access has supported ActiveX controls since version 2.0.
Unfortunately, ActiveX controls designed for Visual Basic do not necessarily
work in Access.
Total Access Components is the only collection of ActiveX controls
specifically designed and tested for Microsoft Access. 27 ActiveX controls
are included in Total Access Components. You can place them on your forms
and reports to enhance your applicationís ease of use, appearance, and
operation. Many controls allow you to provide new and enhanced display
effects, while others allow you to use properties and methods to perform
complex operations with little or no programming.
Make sure you try our fully functional demo programs illustrating how the
controls work. You won't believe you're looking at Access forms! (Download
The following image gives examples of several of the visual controls
available in the Total Access Components. For more information about a
specific control, click on the image or see the table below.
The following tables give you a listing of the features available in
Total Access Components. The controls are divided into five categories:
Enhance Form Functionality
||Automatically adjusts every control when a User resizes a form.
||Use a vertical or horizontal splitter to
allow users to change the relative size of two parts of your Access
|Multiple Timer Events
||Add multiple timers to your form, when
Access is normally limited to one timer per form.
|Analog and Digital Clock
||Display a graphical analog or digital clock in a
variety of styles.
||Create catchy effects, fades, and transitions between
|Buttons with Text
Effects & Graphics
||Go beyond the standard Access button control by
combining a variety of text effects, animation, and bitmap styles.
|Horizontal and Vertical Tab
||Create applications using the popular tabbed-dialog
interface with support for different styles and positions (top, bottom,
|Icon "Outlook" Style
||Choose from many alternate forms of menu selection.
This control displays a series of icons similar to Microsoft Outlook 97.
||Add customized menu support to your forms. You can
specify a popup menu to appear when a user right-clicks on objects in
|Rotated Text with 3-D &
||Display rotated text with custom display styles
including 3-D and drop-shadows.
|Rounded Borders with Beveling
and 3-D Effects
||Create rectangular frames with a variety of styles:
standard, 3-D, shadowed, and rounded.
||Display scrolling text within a control. This text can
be set for different 3-D styles, and the direction of the scrolling can
be se for left, up, right, or down.
||Display numbers using a digital display
similar to those found on calculators.
|Gauges and Odometer Dials
||Use this control to provide feedback to
your users on the progress of an operation or the size of a value. The
Gauge control simulates an analog gauge such as a gas gauge or a
|Pop-up Yellow "Sticky"
||Add pop-up notes to your application.
||Provide feedback to your users with
standard or segmented progress meters in a variety of styles. Choose
from flat, Windows 95, or the unique segmented meter styles.
||Add horizontal or vertical slider bars for
user input or showing values.
||Increase or decrease values by pressing on
the up/down or left/right buttons of this control.
|Movie/Video Player for AVI
||Play Windows digitized video .AVI files. You can play,
pause, stop, rewind, and navigate in these video files, and set repeat
||Play audio Compact Discs through your PCís
|Audio Player for
Wave and MIDI Files
||Play Windows digitized audio .WAV files,
and MIDI sequences through your PCís sound card.
||Easily add cut, copy, and paste features.
|Computer and System Information
||Retrieve a variety of useful information
about your userís PC, including free memory and resources, and other
|INI File Manager
||Read and write to a Windows initialization
file without using Windows API calls.
|Professional About Box
||Display information about your program in an
easily-customized dialog box. You can optionally supply a help file and
access to the Windows System Information program if it is available on
your usersí machines.
|Windows Common Dialogs
||Use the Windows common dialog controls from your
application. Easily add File Open/Save dialogs, Font and Color choosers,
Printer Setup, and customized Help support to your application.
|System Registry Manager
||Read and Write to the Windows Registry
without using Windows API calls.
Total Access Components is designed exclusively for Access,
fully tested on Access, and optimized for Access and the needs of Access
developers. If you are considering using ActiveX controls in Access, make
sure the vendor understands Access and verifies their controls work in it.
Very few do.
Easy to Use
Total Access Components is easy to use. Simply place a Total
Access Components control on your form or report just like a built-in Access
control (e.g. text box, combo box, etc.). You can set its properties
interactively or programmatically. Many controls can even be bound directly
to a field.
There are visible controls like tabs, gauges, progress
meters, etc. and invisible controls such as clipboard functions, common
dialogs, form resizer, etc. Invisible controls are also placed on forms and
reports but are not visible to the user. Simply set its properties and
invoke a one line method to run it. That's all it takes to add Windows
dialogs, form resizers, etc.!
All Controls in One File
All 27 controls in Total Access Components are stored in one
OCX file. Most commercial ActiveX controls for Visual Basic store each
control in a separate OCX file. The one file design for Total Access
Components is superior and very important for Access developers:
- Performance: If you use more than one control, the
loading time for the second control is much faster when they are stored
in one file.
- Size: The entire OCX file of 27 controls is under
550K. That may be a lot for a VB program, but it is not much for an
Access application. By using just one file, a lot of overhead is
eliminated and it is much smaller than 27 individual files.
- Distribution: Access doesn't tell you which ActiveX
controls are used in a database. Trying to remember which of the 27
controls you used would be a pain and subject to error. Thankfully, you
do not need to remember that. With Total Access Components if you
remember using any of its controls, add its OCX file in your
distribution (setup) program and that's it. No need to wonder whether
you missed one or not.
Total Access Components has two versions: Version 8.0 for Access 95 and
97, and Version 12.0 for Access 2000 through 2007. Both versions are
currently available. Total Access Components is available as a part of the
Total Access Developer Suite
Total Access Ultimate Suite.
Licensing is on a per developer basis.