I have a confession to make… I started hacking around in computers with Windows 3.1—never learned how to really use the command line. I know—I have fallen from grace for many of you developers. The mouse has been my friend. I’m trying to change and use keyboard shortcuts more often. Here is a list of keyboard commands I’m trying to use more frequently:

To do this

Press

Cycle between windows in SDI

CTRL F6

Open an object from the nav pane in design view

CTRL ENTER

Toggle between panes (nav pane, ribbon, open object)

F6

Expand/collapse the navigation pane

F11

Open a builder or zoom window (when you have focus in a property)

SHIFT + F2

Close an open Window

CRTL + F4

Expand/Collapse the ribbon

(You can also double click on the active tab)

CTRL + F1

Set focus to the search box in the nav pane (once it has focus)

ENTER while in the nav pane search box opens the top item in the nav pane in browse.

CTRL+ENTER while in the nav pane search box opens the top item in the nav pane in design.  –Scott (nav pane developer)

CTRL + F

Flip an object into design mode

ALT, H, W, D

Open an object in design view with focus in the navigation pane

SHIFT-F10, D

Refresh a view if the object is in browse view. If a form is in design view it will open in the default view.

 

F9 – Refreshes the list contents of a combo or recalc expressions for the current record.  Record focus is not changed.

Shift-F9 – Requeries the object.  Record focus back to the top with the current data.  Combo/List box contents may not be refreshed.

F5 should do both or Refresh All. – Shawn (test lead)

F5

Set focus to the search box in record navigation bar

 

If you have the focus in the record navigation bar search box and press ESC, we’ll take the focus to the form/grid in the selection you had. So you can quickly do CTRL+SHIFT+F, search for something, press ESC, edit it, CTRL+SHIFT+F, etc…   --Marcus (new look developer)

CTRL + SHIFT + F

Insert the current date

CTRL+SEMICOLON (;)

Insert the current time

CTRL+SHIFT+COLON (:)

Insert the value from the same field in the previous record

CTRL+APOSTROPHE (')

Add a new record

CTRL+PLUS SIGN (+)

In a datasheet, delete the current record

CTRL+MINUS SIGN (-)

Drop down a combo box when it has focus

F4

Save changes to the current record

CTRL S

Switch between Edit mode (with insertion point displayed) and Navigation mode in a datasheet. When using a form or report, press ESC to leave Navigation mode.

F2

Toggle the Field List

ALT + F8

Open the VBE Immediate window

CTRL G

Open VBE

ALT + F11

Here are a couple help article that provides far more references http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/access/HP100913941033.aspx?pid=CH101326501033 and http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/access/HA100919081033.aspx.

 Sorry about the lack of grid lines or alternate row color--I will try to fix that when I have more time. Many thanks to all the Access team members that chipped in with comments.

BTW - if you haven't provided feedback about what web data you want in Access on our web service post--please do! This is your chance to provide us feedback about the next version. I can't promise what will make it into the schedule but your feedback on the topic is extemely helpful.

Updated nav pane shortcut 2/26--Clint.