Screen.MousePointer property (Access)

Use the MousePointer property together with the Screen object to specify or determine the type of mouse pointer currently displayed. Read/write Integer.



expression A variable that represents a Screen object.


The setting for the MousePointer property is an Integer value representing one of the following pointers.

Setting Description
0 (Default) The shape is determined by Microsoft Access.
1 Normal Select (Arrow)
3 Text Select (I-Beam)
7 Vertical Resize (Size N, S)
9 Horizontal Resize (Size E, W)
11 Busy (Hourglass)


Setting the MousePointer property to an integer other than one that appears in the preceding table will cause the property to be set to 0.

The MousePointer property affects the appearance of the mouse pointer over the entire screen. Some custom controls have a MousePointer property that, if set, will specify how the mouse pointer is displayed when it's positioned over the control.

You could use the MousePointer property to indicate that your application is busy by setting the property to 11 to display an hourglass icon. You can also read the MousePointer property to determine what's being displayed. This could be useful if you wanted to prevent a user from choosing a command button while the mouse pointer is displaying an hourglass icon.

Setting the MousePointer property to 11 is the same as passing the True (1) argument to the Hourglass method of the DoCmd object. Conversely, passing the True argument to the Hourglass method also sets the MousePointer property to 11.


The following example changes the mouse pointer to an hourglass.

Screen.MousePointer = 11

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