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BorderStyle Property [Access 2003 VBA Language Reference]

  • Forms. Specifies the type of border and border elements (title bar, Control menu, Minimize and Maximize buttons, or Close button) to use for the form. You typically use different border styles for normal forms, pop-up forms, and custom dialog boxes.
  • Controls. Specifies how a control's border appears.

Read/write Byte.


expression Required. An expression that returns one of the objects in the Applies To list.


For forms, the BorderStyle property uses the following settings.

Setting Visual Basic Description
None 0 The form has no border or related border elements. The form isn't resizable.
Thin 1 The form has a thin border and can include any of the border elements. The form isn't resizable (the Size command on the Control menu isn't available). You often use this setting for pop-up forms. (If you want a form to remain on top of all Microsoft Access windows, you must also set its PopUp property to Yes.)
Sizable 2 (Default) The form has the default border for Microsoft Access forms, can include any of the border elements, and can be resized. You often use this setting for normal Microsoft Access forms.
Dialog 3 The form has a thick (double) border and can include only a title bar, Close button, and Control menu. The form can't be maximized, minimized, or resized (the Maximize, Minimize, and Size commands aren't available on the Control menu). You often use this setting for custom dialog boxes. (If you want a form to be modal, however, you must also set its Modal property to Yes. If you want it to be a modal pop-up form, like most dialog boxes, you must set both its PopUp and Modal properties to Yes.)

You can set the BorderStyle property for a form only in form Design view by using the form's property sheet , a macro , or Visual Basic .

For controls, the BorderStyle property uses the following settings.

Setting Visual Basic Description
Transparent 0 (Default only for label, chart, and subreport) Transparent
Solid 1 (Default) Solid line
Dashes 2 Dashed line
Short dashes 3 Dashed line with short dashes
Dots 4 Dotted line
Sparse dots 5 Dotted line with dots spaced far apart
Dash dot 6 Line with a dash-dot combination
Dash dot dot 7 Line with a dash-dot-dot combination
Double solid 8 Double solid lines

You can set the BorderStyle property for a control by using the control's property sheet, a macro, or Visual Basic.

You can set the default for this property by using a control's default control style or the DefaultControl property in Visual Basic.


A control's border style is visible only when its SpecialEffect property is set to Flat or Shadowed. If the SpecialEffect property is set to something other than Flat or Shadowed, setting the BorderStyle property changes the SpecialEffect property setting to Flat.

For a form, the BorderStyle property establishes the characteristics that visually identify the form as a normal form, a pop-up form, or a custom dialog box. You may also set the Modal and PopUp properties to further define the form's characteristics.

You may also want to set the form's ControlBox , CloseButton , MinMaxButtons , ScrollBars , NavigationButtons , and RecordSelectors properties. These properties interact in the following ways:

  • If the BorderStyle property is set to None or Dialog, the form doesn't have Maximize or Minimize buttons, regardless of its MinMaxButtons property setting.
  • If the BorderStyle property is set to None, the form doesn't have a Control menu, regardless of its ControlBox property setting.
  • The BorderStyle property setting doesn't affect the display of the scroll bars, navigation buttons, record number box, or record selectors.

The BorderStyle property takes effect only in Form view. The property setting is ignored in form Design view.

If you set the BorderStyle property of a pop-up form to None, you won't be able to close the form unless you add a Close button to it that runs a macro containing the Close action or an event procedure in Visual Basic that uses the Close method.

Pop-up forms are typically fixed in size, but you can make a pop-up form sizable by setting its PopUp property to Yes and its BorderStyle property to Sizable.

You can also use the Dialog setting of the Window Mode action argument of the OpenForm action to open a form with its Modal and PopUp properties set to Yes.

Applies to | BoundObjectFrame Object | CheckBox Object | ComboBox Object | CustomControl Object | Form Object | Image Object | Label Object | Line Object | ListBox Object | ObjectFrame Object | OptionButton Object | OptionGroup Object | Rectangle Object | Report Object | SubForm Object | TextBox Object

See Also | BackStyle Property | BorderColor Property | BorderWidth Property | ControlBox Property | ForeColor Property | MinMaxButtons Property | Modal Property | PopUp Property | SpecialEffect Property