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Last Updated 9 May 2022

This page provides links to our Access videos and presentations on YouTube.

This includes all videos on our Isladogs On Access and Mendip Data Systems channels.

It also lists presentations on YouTube done for various Access User Groups and Access Devcon.
Videos of all sessions done by various presenters for my Access Europe chapter are also listed.

The number of videos available will be further expanded in the coming months.

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Date Video Title Length Description
2022-05-01

Attention Seeking Database: Part 4 - System Tray & Message Alerts

8:42 The last in a series of four videos showing many different ways of getting users' attention. This video demonstrates system tray alerts (AKA balloon tooltips) and a 'You have new messages' feature.
2022-04-12

Attention Seeking Database: Part 3 - Flashing & Scrolling Text

8:35 The third in a series of four videos showing many different ways of getting users' attention. This video demonstrates various text effects involving flashing and scrolling marquee text in both the form detail and the form title bar caption.
2022-03-22

Attention Seeking Database: Part 2 - Animation and Background Effects

10:57 The second in a series of four videos showing many different ways of getting users' attention. In this video, various types of animation are demonstrated together with the use of transparency, fade & rounding as well as different background effects.
2022-03-13

Attention Seeking Database: Part 1 - Better Message Boxes

9:50 The first in a series of four videos showing many different ways of getting users' attention. In this video, several improvements to the standard message boxes are discussed including formatted messages, task dialogs, customised message forms including the use of HTML, countdown timers and text to speech.
2022-02-27

Edit Linked Excel files in Access

10:50 Linked Excel files have been read only in Access since 2002 when Microsoft removed the ability to edit them directly. Normally developers either use automation or import the file, edit then export back to Excel. However, there is a much better method which is not widely known about. This video shows how linked Excel files can be directly edited in Access. New records can also be added. This approach relies on setting the IMEX value = 0
2022-02-25

Hide Access Splash Screen

4:14 This video explains a simple way of removing the splash screen that normally appears when you open any Access application
2022-02-20

Combobox Zombies

0:21 This is a short video (with no sound) demonstrating the 'mysterious' combo box zombies effect discussed in my article at: https://www.isladogs.co.uk/combobox-zombies/index.html
2022-02-20

Listbox Mouse Move Form

0:24 This is a short video (with no sound) demonstrating how items in a listbox can be 'selected' without clicking by using a mouse move event. As the mouse moves over each item, a related record is displayed on another form. The feature is explained fully in my article Accurately Move Forms & Controls at: https://www.isladogs.co.uk/move-forms-controls/index.html
2022-02-20

Listbox Mouse Move Images

0:34 This is a short video (with no sound) demonstrating how items in a listbox can be 'selected' without clicking by using a mouse move event. As the mouse moves over each item, a related image is displayed. The feature is explained fully in my article Accurately Move Forms & Controls at: https://www.isladogs.co.uk/move-forms-controls/index.html
2021-12-04

Drag & Drop Access Database Objects

7:01 This shows two methods of using drag and drop with any Access database object:
1. Create Access object shortcuts on the desktop - click shortcut to open the database directly to that object
2. Transfer objects from one open database to another. Easier than using the wizard to import objects.
2021-11-18

Set Character Limit in Long Text Fields

7:06 This video shows how the number of characters in long text fields can be limited using VBA code. It also demonstrates the use of dictation for entering text in Access and code to check spelling.
2021-11-14

Fill Down in Access

8:10 This compares the fill down feature in Excel with various options for 'copying data' from the previous record in Access. Three methods are discussed:
1. use of field default values
2. use keyboard shortcut Ctrl + ' (apostrophe) to copy individual fields
3. VBA code to allow copying of multiple fields
2021-11-11

Working with Time Zones

10:46 This demonstrates an example application used to show the current date & time in different time zones with times being updated each second. The displayed times allow for daylight saving settings where these are currently applied.
2021-11-08

Prevent Copy & Paste in Access Forms

8:56 Although copy & paste is a standard feature in all Windows programs, there may be occasions when you want to prevent their use in an Access database. For example to prevent insertion of too many text characters from an external source into memo (long text) fields.
2021-11-07

Escaping The Apostrophe

12:49 This explains how to manage data containing apostrophes (such as last names O'Neill or De'ath) when writing VBA code in Access. The easiest solution is usually to replace the single quote (apostrophe) with two single quotes when running update or insert statements in VBA
2021-11-06

Extended File Properties using Microsoft Access

13:20 This demonstrates the use of a free Access utility which can be used to obtain all the extended file properties for any Windows files.
2021-11-06

Translate & Speak Using Microsoft Access

12:57 This example Access app shows the use of Google Translate and text to speech to speak translated text in multiple languages.




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Mendip Data Systems - YouTube channel

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Date Video Title Length Description
2022-01-10

Using the SDA Updater

0:18 Short video showing how using a Windows API makes file copying very fast and provides a built in progress bar
2021-10-07

Access Application Translator

0:52 This is a short preview (no audio) of my soon-to be-released utility for Access developers.
It translates all form & report captions to another specified language.
2021-09-24

Translate & Speak Using Access

12:57 This shows the use of Google Translate and text to speech to speak translated text in multiple languages.
2014-08-25

Manage Calendar Events

5:44 This shows how to use the calendar events feature in Curriculum Enrichment Organiser
2014-08-25

Manage Contacts

4:36 This shows how to use the contacts feature in Curriculum Enrichment Organiser
2014-06-19

Compare Student & Staff Timetables in School Data Analyser

2:57 This shows how to compare student timetables for shared classes/lessons. This can be useful if there are issues when certain students are timetabled together
It also shows how to compare staff timetables for common 'free periods' e.g. for planning meetings
2014-06-18

Manage Detentions

14:03 This shows how you can manage detentions in School Data Analyser
2014-06-16

Analyse Session Report Grades

8:20 This shows how to analyse session report grades in School Data Analyser.
This allows you to drill down from subject to class to individual student level
2014-05-31

Parent Meeting Appointments

3:25 This shows how to use the parent meeting appointments system in School Data Analyser
2014-05-31

Using the Staff Home Page

9:26 This explains the various features available from the staff home page in School Data Analyser




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Access User Group Presentations

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Date Video Title Length Description
2022-03-05

Access Europe: Inaugural Meeting

53:29 This is the first meeting of the new Access Europe chapter (AEU) held on 2 March 2022. This was co-hosted by Colin Riddington and Alessandro Grimaldi with an introduction from Juan Soto (president of AccessUserGroups.org). The session includes short demonstrations by both co-hosts.
2022-02-17

Automatic Form Resizing in Access

1:07:40 A significantly updated version of my Automatic Form Resizing (AFR) presentation including resizing of datasheet and navigation forms. Presented by Colin Riddington for Denver Area AUG (DAAUG)
A similar presentation was also done for the UK AUG seminar on Feb 8 2022.
2021-12-27

Control the Application Interface & Attention Seeking in Access

53:53 How to hide the Access application interface to make your apps look highly professional - and effective methods of alerting users to get their attention!
Presented by Colin Riddington for AUG Eastern Time (ET)
2021-11-01

Automatic Form Resizing in Access

1:02:10 Automatic Form Resizing (AFR) is a free application with source code that you can use to resize and reposition Microsoft Access forms on the fly for users with different screen resolutions. You can also zoom forms.
Presented by Colin Riddington for AUG Lunchtime (AL)
2021-09-13

Get Extended File Properties using Access

52:01 This shows 2 methods of obtaining the file metadata that you don't normally see. Currently, there are 321 extended file properties such as the size of a picture or the duration of a video that are now simple to get!
One tool writes data to Excel and the other keeps it in Access.
Presented by Crystal Long & Colin Riddington for AUG Pacific (AP)




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Access DevCon Presentations

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Date Video Title Length Description
2021-05-12

JSON Analyse & Transform for Access

17:54 This is an introduction to my JSON Analyse & Transform for Access (JATFA) application. It was designed to make importing and handling JSON files a straightforward and, in many cases, a largely automated task.
Presented by Colin Riddington for Access DevCon 2021




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Access Europe Presentations

All videos from the new Europe chapter of AccessUserGroups.org
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Date Video Title Length Description
2022-05-09

Classic vs Modern Charts - Crystal Long

1:15:44 This session compared the two types of charts available in Access – the original ‘classic’ charts and the newer ‘modern’ charts available as an update to Access 2016 and all later versions including 365.
Modern charts have a better user interface with more colors to pick from. Classic charts have more power and flexibility but aren’t as intuitive to modify. The session discussed the capabilities, advantages and disadvantages of each to help you decide which is right for your application.
Presented by Crystal Long for Access Europe on 4 May 2022
2022-04-10

Access Studio - Chris Arnold

40:15 Chris Arnold presented his new and very powerful Access Studio application. Similar to SQL Server Management Studio, this manages Access queries including viewing formatted SQL and query results in the same development window adding comments, run parts of more complex SQL code etc
Presented by Chris Arnold for Access Europe on 6 Apr 2022
2022-03-05

Inaugural Meeting - Colin Riddington & Alessandro Grimaldi

53:28 Welcome to the first session of Access Europe - the latest chapter of AccessUserGroups.org.
The meeting was co-hosted by Colin Riddington & Alessandro Grimaldi with an introduction by Juan Soto, president of AccessUserGroups.org. It included short demonstrations of innovative Access apps by both Colin & Alessandro together with a 'get to know you' section where all audience members told us a little about themselves.
Presented for Access Europe on 2 Mar 2022




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