Try These Keyboard Shortcuts for the Access Navigation Pane
Posted by: Avantix Learning Team
Published: August 26, 2016
Applies to: Microsoft® Access® 2010, 2013 and 2016 (also applies to 2007)
The Navigation Pane was introduced in Access 2007 and offered a new way to work with database objects. For keyboard users, there are many shortcuts than can be used in the Navigation Pane. The four basic objects that appear in the Navigation Pane are tables, queries, forms and reports.
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1. Show or hide the Navigation Pane
To show or hide the Navigation Pane, press F11.
2. Move the focus to the Navigation Pane
To move the focus to the Navigation Pane, keep pressing F6 until the Navigation Pane has the focus.
3. Go to the Search box in the Navigation Pane
To go to the Search box in the Navigation Pane, press Control + F if the Navigation Pane has the focus or press Control + Alt + F if another area has the focus.
4. Move up or down by line or screen
To move up or down by line in the Navigation Pane, press the up or down arrow keys. To move up or down by screen, press Page Up or Page Down.
5. Move to the first or last object in the Navigation Pane
To move to the first object in the Navigation Pane, press Home. To move to the last object, press End.
6. Copy an object
To copy an object in the Navigation Pane, select the object and press Control + C and then Control + V. Enter a name for the copy in the dialog box that appears and press Enter.
7. Rename an object
To rename an object in the Navigation Pane, select the object and press F2. The current name is highlighted in the Navigation Pane. Enter a new name and press Enter.
8. Open the selected form, report, query or table
To open the selected form, report, query or table, select the object in the Navigation Pane and press Enter. This will open forms in Form View, reports in Report View, and queries and tables in Datasheet View.
9. Open the selected form, report, query or table in Design View
To open the selected form, report, query or table in Design View, select the object in the Navigation Pane and press Control + Enter.
10. Access the context menu
To access the context menu for the selected form, report, query or table, select the object in the Navigation Pane and press Shift + F10. To access the context menu for the Navigation Pane, ensure the Navigation Pane has the focus and then keep pressing Tab until the title bar of the Navigation Pane is selected, then press Shift + F10.
These shortcuts can be very helpful when you’re working with the Navigation Pane in Access.
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