Changing the theme of form controls in MS-Access

I converted a 2000 mdb file to 2002-2003 format today and noticed that the form controls still looked a bit square and old fashioned, and generally the overall theme did not match the look of my current windows version.

After a bit of digging around in the Options I found this in the Forms/Reports tab.

Windows theme options

Selecting ‘Use Windows Themed Controls on Forms’ and then clicking ‘Apply’ will mean that instead of your controls looking like this:-

Weird Controls

They’ll take on the current windows theme and look like this instead:-

Much better!

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