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Label Animation Style-2

Last week we have learned a simple label animation method to display Employee Names, and made it to appear character by character from right side of the label to full view. The animated label gives the Form a lively look and makes it more interesting to the  User to work with the Screen.

This week we will learn a different label animation method with the same set of labels. In the earlier method we have used two identical labels to give the employee name a 3D effect.  We will stick with the same design but the labels will be put horizontally apart in the design as shown below:

In the Current-Event Procedure of the Form the Labels will be moved in opposite direction and finally assembled into a 3D heading style as shown below:

This happens every time an employee record become current.  The labels will restart from their original design position and slowly move in opposite direction and stay in place to form the 3D Style Employee Name.

If you have gone through the earlier label animation design task then it is easy to implement this one very easily.  All you have to do is to set the following Property Settings of lbl1 and lbl2 and copy the VBA routines into the Employee Form Module.

  1. Open your database where you have tried the earlier example.
  2. Make a Copy of the earlier Employee Form we have tried the Label Animation and name it as Employee2.
  3. Open the Employee2 Form in Design View.
  4. Click on the top label at the header of the Form and drag and move it to the right so that we will be able to click and select the labels individually and set their properties.
  5. Select the Label with the name lbl1.
  6. Display its Property Sheet (View - -> Properties) and set the following Property Values:
    • Name = lbl1
    • Width = 2.9924"
    • Height = 0.3549"
    • Top = 0.1569"
    • Left = 2.5194"
    • Back Style = Transparent
    • Border Style = Transparent
    • Font Name = Verdana
    • Font Size = 18
    • Text Align = Centre
    • Font Weight = Bold
    • Fore Color = 0
  7. Select the Label with the name lbl2.
  8. Display the Property Sheet and change the following Property Values:
    • Name = lbl2
    • Width = 2.9924"
    • Height = 0.3549"
    • Top = 0.125"
    • Left = 5.5313"
    • Back Style = Transparent
    • Border Style = Transparent
    • Font Name = Verdana
    • Font Size = 18
    • Text Align = Centre
    • Font Weight = Bold
    • Fore Color = 16777215
  9. Display the Code Module of the Form (View- -> Code).
  10. Copy and Paste the following VBA Code overwriting the existing Code:
    Option Compare Database
    Option Explicit
    Private Const twips As Long = 1440
    Dim i, j
    Private Sub Form_Current()
    Dim txtName As String
    Me.lbl1.Left = 2.5194 * twips: Me.lbl1.Top = 0.1569 * twips: Me.lbl1.Width = 2.9924 * twips: Me.lbl1.Height = 0.3549 * twips
    Me.lbl2.Left = 5.5313 * twips: Me.lbl2.Top = 0.125 * twips: Me.lbl2.Width = 2.9924 * twips: Me.lbl2.Height = 0.3549 * twips
    txtName = Me![first name] & " " & Me![Last name]
    Me.lbl1.Caption = txtName
    Me.lbl2.Caption = txtName
    i = 0
    Me.TimerInterval = 5
    End Sub
    Private Sub Form_Timer()
    Dim m, L1, L2
    i = i + 1
    m = i Mod 2
    Select Case m
        Case 0
            L1 = Me.lbl1.Left
            L1 = L1 + (0.084 * twips)
            Me.lbl1.Left = L1
        Case 1
            L2 = Me.lbl2.Left
            L2 = L2 - (0.084 * twips)
            Me.lbl2.Left = L2
    End Select
    If i > 35 Then
       Me.TimerInterval = 0
       i = 0
    End If
    End Sub
  11. Save the Employee2 Form
  12. Open the Employee2 Form in normal view

    Click on the Record navigation control to advance each record forward one by one.

    On each record change you will find the Employee Name Labels move towards each other and assemble into place to form as a 3D heading.


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