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Showing Hidden and System Objects in the Navigation Pane

by on Apr.07, 2011, under Access

It occurred to me that many people may not know how to show Hidden Objects and System Objects in the Navigation Pane, that are stored in the Access database application. But it is possible and very easy to do, so I thought I would write a short article about it. The following are the steps necessary for showing Hidden Objects and System Objects in the Navigation Pane in Microsoft Access 2007 and higher.

Step-by-Step

  1. Open the Access database in Microsoft Access.
  2. On the Navigation Pane, right click on its Title bar to show the context menu. From the context menu, click the Navigation Options choice.
  3. The Navigation Pane context menu in Access 2007

    The Navigation Pane context menu in Access 2007

  4. This will open the Navigation Options dialog in the Access window. On the bottom left of the Navigation Options dialog, check either the “Show System Objects” or “Show Hidden Objects” or both options to show those objects in the Navigation Pane.
  5. The Navigation Options Dialog in Access 2007

    The Navigation Options Dialog in Access 2007

  6. On the Navigation Options Dialog, click the OK button to save the changes and close the dialog.
  7. The Navigation Pane showing System Objects in Access 2007

    The Navigation Pane showing System Objects in Access 2007

Once the Navigation Options dialog has been closed and the settings have been save, the Navigation Pane will now show the Hidden and System objects in the database. Note that these objects are slightly grayed out to denote that they are System or Hidden objects. Showing the Hidden and System Objects in the Navigation Pane is super easy to do in Microsoft Access!

Submitted By: Geoffrey L. Griffith – April 6th, 2011


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