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Microsoft Access Shift Bypass Key

How To Disable/Enable the Shift Bypass Key in Microsoft Access:

QUESTION » Is there any way of preventing user's from holding down Shift Key when opening up my Microsoft Access database and bypassing the Start-Up options which have been disabled.

I however, still need some sort of facility to do this, so I can add new forms, queries etc. whenever necessary.

SOLUTION » To prevent a user bypassing the start-up options you will need to apply the following function and code to a command button (or ideally a hidden option, such as to the double-click event of a label or graphic).

This will prevent anyone without the password bypassing the start-up by using the Shift key.

The below function and command button code will allow you to use a password protected input box to determine if the Shift key can be disabled or not.

You might have to set your "References" in the VBA editor to DAO 3.6.

When you are viewing a Module, click the Tools menu » References. Browse for Microsoft DAO 3.6

Select "Files of type: Executable Files (*.exe; *.dll)"

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\DAO)

Then explicitly dimension yourcode, i.e. Dim db As DAO.Database, prp As DAO.Property

'***************** Code Start ***************
'Copy this function into a new public module.

Option Compare Database
Option Explicit

Public Function SetProperties(strPropName As String, _
varPropType As Variant, varPropValue As Variant) As Integer

    On Error GoTo Err_SetProperties

    Dim db As DAO.Database, prp As DAO.Property

    Set db = CurrentDb
    db.Properties(strPropName) = varPropValue
    SetProperties = True
    Set db = Nothing

    Exit Function

    If Err = 3270 Then    'Property not found
        Set prp = db.CreateProperty(strPropName, varPropType, varPropValue)
        db.Properties.Append prp
        Resume Next
        SetProperties = False
        MsgBox "SetProperties", Err.Number, Err.Description
        Resume Exit_SetProperties
    End If
End Function
'***************** Code End ***************

Once you have created the module, then you will need to attach the following code to a command button (or label, graphic etc.):

'***************** Code Start ***************
'Assign this to the OnClick event of a command button (or double-click event
'of a label or graphic) named "bDisableBypassKey"
'Change the "TypeYourBypassPasswordHere" default password to your password

Private Sub bDisableBypassKey_Click()
    On Error GoTo Err_bDisableBypassKey_Click
    'This ensures the user is the programmer needing to disable the Bypass Key
    Dim strInput As String
    Dim strMsg As String
    strMsg = "Do you want to enable the Bypass Key?" & vbCrLf & vbLf & _
             "Please key the programmer's password to enable the Bypass Key."
    strInput = InputBox(Prompt:=strMsg, title:="Disable Bypass Key Password")
    If strInput = "TypeYourBypassPasswordHere" Then
        SetProperties "AllowBypassKey", dbBoolean, True
        MsgBox "The Bypass Key has been enabled." & vbCrLf & vbLf & _
               "The Shift key will allow the users to bypass the startup & _
               options the next time the database is opened.", _
               vbInformation, "Set Startup Properties"
        SetProperties "AllowBypassKey", dbBoolean, False
        MsgBox "Incorrect ''AllowBypassKey'' Password!" & vbCrLf & vbLf & _
               "The Bypass Key was disabled." & vbCrLf & vbLf & _
               "The Shift key will NOT allow the users to bypass the & _
               startup options the next time the database is opened.", _
               vbCritical, "Invalid Password"
        Exit Sub
    End If
    Exit Sub
    MsgBox "bDisableBypassKey_Click", Err.Number, Err.Description
    Resume Exit_bDisableBypassKey_Click
End Sub
'***************** Code End ***************

Once this is in place, a user will not have access to bypass the Start-Up options.

As the administrator, you can then click on your command button, label or graphic and will be presented with the following input box:

Password Input Box

If the correct password is entered you will see the following message:

Set Start-Up options message

An inncorrect password will give the following message and not allow the Shift key to bypass the Start-Up options:

Note: Always create a backup copy of the database, to test out any areas that may cause problems when working with start-up options or disabling Access features.

A big thanks must go to Greg Hudson for the above code sample.