MS ACCESS how to allow an insert option for the text box?

Jack Panyakone 25 Reputation points

In MS Access, when right click on the text box, an Insert option is grayed out. Is there a way to enable this option for inserting an image in the text box?

Thank you for your time.

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  1. Olaf Helper 28,781 Reputation points

    this option for inserting an image in the text box?

    An image into a text box; how should that work? And because it can't work, the option is disabled.

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  1. Ken Sheridan 2,421 Reputation points

    A text box cannot contain an image. Storing images in the database per se can cause significant bloat, so a more efficient method is to store the path to an image file in a text column in the tables and load the image into an Image control at runtime.

    You'll find examples of how to do this in in my public databases folder at:!169

    If you have trouble downloading a specific file, clicking on the 'Download' button at the top of the page while no files are selected should download a zip file of all files in the folder, from which you should then be able to unpack the relevant file.

    The zip archive contains a number of files, of differing degrees of functionality, but if you simply wish to associate a single image with a record then the basic Images_Simple.accdb provides a suitable example. To associate multiple images with each record Images.accdb allows this, displaying the images in a scrollable subform.

  2. Tanay Prasad 240 Reputation points


    In Microsoft Access, the "Insert" option in the context menu for a text box is typically grayed out because text boxes are designed primarily for displaying and entering text data, not for inserting images directly.

    If you want to display an image within a form or report in Access, you can use an Image control instead of a text box. The Image control is specifically designed for handling images and allows you to insert or display images.

    To insert an image using an Image control in Access:

    Open your form or report in Design View.

    If the Image control is not already present, you can add it by selecting "Image" from the "Controls" group in the "Design" tab of the ribbon. Click and drag on the form or report to create the Image control.

    With the Image control selected, you can set the image source by opening the "Property Sheet" pane (press F4 if it's not already visible) and selecting the "Data" tab.

    In the "Picture" property, click the ellipsis (...) button to browse for the image file you want to insert. Select the desired image file and click "OK" to insert it.

    Adjust the size and position of the Image control as needed to fit the image within your form or report.

    By using the Image control instead of a text box, you can easily insert and display images in Access forms and reports.

    Best Regards.