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How To Show or Hide Tabs in Microsoft Access 2010


How To Show or Hide Tabs in Microsoft Access 2010
Access 2010 uses the tabbed document format found in other Microsoft Office products. In some cases, you may wish to hide these tabs to change the look and feel of your database or more closely simulate the appearance of older versions of Access.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 5 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Using Access 2010, open the database where you'd like to change the tabbed view settings.
  2. Click on the File tab on the Ribbon.
  3. Click the Options button that appears in the bottom portion of the menu frame. (Note that it's not on the main list of menu items, but appears in the bottom frame above the Exit button.)
  4. Click the Current Database menu item.
  5. If you want to hide document tabs, uncheck the "Display Document Tabs" checkbox. If you're using a database where someone hid the tabs and wish to make them reappear, check the "Display Document Tabs" box.


  1. The settings you make will apply to the current database only. You will need to change this setting manually for other databases.
  2. The settings will apply on all computers accessing the database file.
  3. You can also switch to the old-style “overlapping windows” view by selecting that option under Document Window Options on the Current Database options menu.

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