Archive Collection: Hidden Features

I'm on vacation (shh...don't tell anyone)! I'll be back soon, but until then enjoy today's curated collection of articles from the archive. Today's topic: Hidden Features.

Archive Collection: Hidden Features

I've been writing a daily article here since September 1, 2020; that's over 800 articles.  I haven't missed a day yet, and that includes Christmas and Easter.  Well, I'm taking my first family vacation since I started writing this blog.  Our only other family vacation (which predates the blog) was a National Lampoon's-style disaster.  I hope this one is going better.

I'm writing this in the present tense, but I'm writing it for future publication with links to past articles.  Let's hope the time-space continuum holds up.

In any case, as the slacker Firstie says to the Stony Lonesome Gate guard twenty minutes before Taps, let me get to the Point.  I've got a daily publishing streak to keep up.  But I don't want to be writing and publishing articles on vacation.  And I still want to provide you with something of value to read each day.  So I settled on creating a series of curated article lists that I think you'll find beneficial.

I'm hoping at least some of these articles are ones you haven't read before.  And if you're so obsessed with me that you have read all my articles, I'm hoping that they'll keep you busy enough that you don't come looking for me and my family 😳.  


Hidden Features

Requery a Form in Place
Form.Recordset.Requery. That’s it. That’s the whole article.
Blast From the Past
Why use keyboard shortcuts from Access 2003 when developing in 2020? Because starting with Access 2007, the new shortcuts suck.
JetShowPlan: A Primer
You may be familiar with JetShowPlan, but I guarantee you’ve never read an article about it quite like this one.
Debugging Private Procedures
After more than 14 years as a VBA developer, I recently discovered that you can debug private procedures without temporarily making them public!
Hidden Feature: Drag and Drop Access Objects Between Files
Skip the “Import Access Objects” dialog screens and use your mouse to move Tables, Queries, Forms, Reports, and code modules between Access files.
VBA’s Case Changing “Feature”
VBA likes to change the casing of our code (upper/lower/mixed). It may seem random, but it’s not. Read all the details here.
Inspecting the End of a Long Variable Value in VBA
You know how VBA cuts off the right side of a really long variable when inspecting its value via mouse hover? Did you know you can show the right side instead?
Quick and Dirty For Loops in the Immediate Window
Did you know that you can write and execute entire For Loops in the VBA Immediate Window?
Poor Man’s Status Bar in VBA
If you’re looking for a quick and dirty way to keep track of a long-running process while developing, this VBA one-liner will do the trick.
Shortcut Key to Comment/Uncomment Blocks of Code in VBA
You don’t need 3rd-party tools to add keyboard shortcuts for commenting and uncommenting code blocks in VBA with this trick.
WizHook: A Hidden Access Object With Intriguing Potential
Font-aware AutoFit of text and combo boxes, auto-bracketing of illegal field names, sorting an array of strings...the possibilities are finite!
Dark Mode in VBA
VBA may not have a preset “Dark Mode” like other modern development environments, but it’s not hard to create one yourself.
Declaring and Initializing Variables in the Same Line in VBA
You can’t declare and initialize a variable in a single code *statement* in VBA, but you can do it in a single *line* of code with this handy trick.
Select Entire Sub or Function in VBA with a Double-Click
Yet another hidden feature of the VBA editor that eluded me for more than fifteen years.

And there's lots more where those came from on the Hidden Features tag page.

All original code samples by Mike Wolfe are licensed under CC BY 4.0