Provided by Allen Browne, October 2004. Last updated March 2008.
Consider using a text box in place of a check box on reports. You can then display crosses or check marks, boxed or unboxed, any size, any color, with background colors, and even use conditional formatting.
The text box's Format property lets you specify a different format for negative values. Since, Access uses -1 for True, and 0 for False, the Format property lets you display any characters you want.
For this example, we use the check mark characters from the Wingdings font, since all Windows computers have this font installed.
Control Source: Name of your yes/no field here. Font Name: WingDings Width: 0.18 in
You can now increase the Font Size, set the Fore Color or Back Color, and so on.
Select the characters from this list:
Character Keypad number Description Alt+0254 Checked box Alt+0253 Crossed box Alt+0252 Check mark (unboxed) Alt+0251 Cross mark (unboxed) Alt+0168 Unchecked box
To leave the text box blank for unchecked, omit the first character in the Format property, i.e. nothing before the semi-colon.
You can find other characters with the Character Map applet that comes with all versions of Windows. There are many other uses for these symbols, e.g. as graphics on your command buttons.
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