MS Access: HTML Editor control to use in forms

By | February 10, 2011

If you want to get HTML editor within MS Access form, there are couple of solutions available. The free solution I know is to get Not So Elegant HTML Editor. The problem with this editor is that

  • After looking at this editor, you will never say “so cool”
  • It is good for basic editing but many important functionality like “Table” editing is missing.

When I had to create HTML Editor within MS Access form, I asked the question to myself “Why to reinvent the wheel?” and the solution I came up with has the main benefits

  • It is completely FREE
  • When users will look at it, they will definitely say “so cooooool”.
  • Rich feature set
  • XHTML compliant code will be generated and hence output can be used anywhere.
  • Plugin based architecture can help add extra cool features

Here is a sample of how this editor would look likeAccess HTML Editor

The solution is to use readily available Web based HTML Editor like CKEditor, TinyMCE and embed them into MS Access forms. You can easily communicate between the Web based HTML editor and VBA code using VBA DOM manipulation functions available for Microsoft Web Browser ActiveX Control.

Download:

Click here to download HTML Editor embedded into MS Access form

20 thoughts on “MS Access: HTML Editor control to use in forms

  1. Phil

    When I open up the Update HTML form, the box is blank. There is no HTML editor

  2. Vishal Post author

    Phil,

    Did you open it directly from zip file? If so, please extract the contents and then try to open it again.

  3. Ray

    I am having issues with it running in Access 2010, all extracted.

    Not sure what the previous comments fixes suggested. Not clear enough.

  4. sam grant

    @Ray
    could get it partly to work on access 2010 but it comes up with permission denied every now and then

  5. Wasif

    CKEditor requires JavaScript to run. In a browser with no JavaScript support, like yours, you should still see the contents (HTML data) and you should be able to edit it normally, without a rich editor interface.

    I am receiving this message.. I am using windows 8, ms access 2010 and obviously ie10 as default browser.

  6. Laurent

    Hello, dsl for the translation, I’m French. I downloaded the sample Access and CKEditor but that doesn’t. I’m on ACCESS 2010 and I have a message that says “Access denied” on line “v = wbEditor.Document.parentWindow.execScript (FunctionName &”{}”). Thank you for your help.

  7. michel

    Hi Floks,

    I try to run your application. (access2010). I got this error :
    “CKEditor requires JavaScript to run. In a browser with no JavaScript support, like yours, you should still see the contents (HTML data) and you should be able to edit it normally, without a rich editor interface.”
    Is there a component to activate ?

    Thanks for your work

  8. Lance

    Hi,

    I’ve downed this and found a bug, when hitting the “Enter” key nothing works. Only works if using holding down the ‘Control’ button at the same time.

    Anyone know why?

  9. Woody

    It seems to be that the included Access form is in “Read Only” mode as I cannot figure how to open it in design mode to make any use of it? What am I missing here?

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