How to Set the Navigation Form as the Default Form in Microsoft Access

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You can set the navigation form as the default form that displays when a user opens your application in Access. In addition, you can give the application an official name and an icon to display for forms and reports.

This feature works the same in all modern versions of Microsoft Access: 2010, 2013, and 2016.

  1. Open the database.
  2. Select the File tab.
  3. Click Options. The Access Options dialog box opens.
  4. Select the Current Database tab. Current Database
  5. In the Application Title field, type the name of your application.
  6. In the Application Icon field, click Browse and navigate to and select the icon file to use.
  7. If you want to use the icon as both the form and report icon, mark the Use as Form and Report Icon check box.
  8. From the Display Form drop-down list, select the navigation form to use as the default display form. Select Navigation Form
  9. Click OK. You are notified that you must close and reopen the database for the change to take effect.
  10. Click OK.

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