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AllowSpecialKeys Property

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You can use the AllowSpecialKeys property to specify whether or not special key sequences (ALT+F1 (F11), CTRL+F11, CTRL+BREAK, and CTRL+G) are disabled or enabled. For example, you can use the AllowSpecialKeys property to prevent a user from displaying the Database window by pressing F11, entering break mode within a Visual Basic module by pressing CTRL+BREAK, or displaying the Immediate window by pressing CTRL+G.


The AllowSpecialKeys property uses the following settings.

True (1)Enable the special key sequences.
False (0)Disable the special key sequences.

The easiest way to set this property is by using the Use Access Special Keys option in the Advanced section of the Startup dialog box, available by clicking Startup on the Tools menu. In a Microsoft Access database (.mdb), yYou can also set this property by using a macro or Visual Basic.

To set the AllowSpecialKeys property by using a macro or Visual Basic, you must first either set the property in the Startup dialog box once or create the property in the following ways:


You should make sure the AllowSpecialKeys property is set to True when debugging an application.

The AllowSpecialKeys property affects the following key sequences.

Key sequencesEffect
ALT+F1 (F11)Bring the Database window to the front.
CTRL+GDisplay the Immediate window.
CTRL+F11Toggle between the custom menu bar and the built-in menu bar.
CTRL+BREAKEnter break mode and display the current module in the Code window.

If you set the UseSpecialKeys property to False, and specify a global menu bar by using the StartupMenuBar property or the MenuBar property of the Application object, the built-in menu bar isn't accessible.

This property's setting doesn't take effect until the next time the application database opens.

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