Navigating the Access 2016 Ribbon with Key Tips

By Laurie Ulrich Fuller, Ken Cook

Part of Access 2016 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you like keyboard shortcuts when you’re working with software, Access 2016 has a Key Tips feature that can help make entering data move more quickly. The following section describes how to use it:

  1. Press the Alt key.

    When you want to switch tabs and issue commands with the keyboard in Access 2016 (rather than with the mouse), press the Alt key. As shown in the following figure, pressing Alt causes numbers and letters to appear in small squares on the Quick Access Toolbar and the Ribbon’s tabs.

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  2. Press a Key Tip to set the focus to that item (like C in this case for the Create tab).

    Key Tips appear for the item, as shown in the following figure.

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  3. Press a Key Tip (like TN to create a new table).

    When you press one of the characters on your keyboard, the command assigned to the Key Tip runs.