Define Command Bars and Controls using Access Shortcut Tool by Developing Solutions (

The Access Shortcut Tool provides developers with a way to quickly and easily create shortcut (right-click) menus via a graphical user interface.  Developers of Windows ™ software recognize that users expect context sensitive shortcut menus when they right-click within applications.  The Access Shortcut Tools  provides a way to:

  • Create new shortcut (right-click) menus
  • Modify existing menus
  • Copy built-in shortcut menus for use in run-time applications
  • Copy existing shortcut menus and associated code from other Access databases
  • Generate VBA code to create or modify menus at run-time

Download a fully functional, trial version of the Access Shortcut Tool here (32 bit Office, 64 bit Office) or purchase the application now for only $50.  We offer a no-questions-asked money-back guarantee, and life-time updates.

11 thoughts on “Access Shortcut (right-click) Tool

  1. Mohamed says:

    Excellent Tool !!!!!

    – I shyied away from right-click menus, but found that “something” was missing in my applications. I also found myself running out of landscape on my forms – Solution: Put back the Right-click pop-up menu; now i can cut back on the additional controls on my forms.

    – In this particular project the data-capture receives telephonic complaints and assigns the complaint to a field investigator, the right-click pop-up provided the fastest way to navigate on the same form; between forms. Whats more is that you can have several levels of pop-ups from the same root menu.

    – Pop-ups wouldn’t be complete without FaceID’s; that’s more than adequately covered, so you don’t have to go searching around the internet for them.

    – There’s the usual MS Office Help button on the top right-hand side of the forms; since the add-in works along the style of a wizard, you are guided through the steps in building your pop-up menu – then if you make an error, it warns you instantly.

    – Best part – the application will write the code for the pop-up for you, so you can run it at startup.

    – Parting note: Dale’s responses; response times are excellent. I made several queries and didn’t have to wait for help.

  2. moshe arzt says:

    this is really cool.
    I downloaded the trial, though I have been able to create a dummy context menu quickly I have gotten a few error messages while giving it a run. Is there a particular way youd like errors to be reported?

    I could totally see myself purchasing this. How “ready for prime time” do you think this is? Are you actively developing it, ie are bugs being addressed etc?

    1. Dale says:


      Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I am currently selling the application on my site and am addressing errors. I have a new version (1.09) which I expect to post on the site within a couple of days. Best way to report errors is the email address:

      If you click the ? in the upper right corner and select “About”, it will pull up the About form which contains a hyperlink with that address. Please send screen shots when you encounter errors.


      1. Moshe Arzt says:

        thanks, Dale I like and admire what youve done here, I’ve always hoped someone would! I look forward to the new version and better yet to seeing how I might put this to use.


        1. Dale says:

          I’ll send you an email.

          1. Brian says:

            That k you

  3. JOE ANDERSON says:

    Folks … Consider this …
    ALL professional applications (Access and everything else) contain Custom Right Click Shortcut Menus. Period. And there is a good reason. They help users be more efficient by making it easy to execute various operations and so on … with a simple Right Click. If you are not using (creating) custom right click menus in your Access applications, please consider doing so. Users will love you for this … I promise and I know this from direct experience over the last 24.5 years of developing in Microsoft Access.

    The bad news:
    Microsoft removed the original Customize Dialog for right click menus with the advent of the Ribbon in the Access 2007 version.
    The result … in order to create custom shortcut menus in >= A2007, you must write a lot of complicated and convoluted code.

    The (very) GOOD news:
    Dale spent more than a year developing a new, state of the art Access Shortcut Tool … which is the original shortcut tool on STEROIDS.
    The result … NO code is required. Dales tool does all of this for you, making it EASY to create Custom Shortcut Menu … in fact, much easier than it was with the original Microsoft tool.

    I use this tool weekly and without which, well … it would be painful at best to continue to develop Custom right click shortcut menus. I helped Dale beta test this tool for almost a year, wherein many cool features were added that were not present in the original Microsoft Customize tool.

    Trust me when I say I would purchase this tool at ten times the asking price, because it is indispensable and a ‘must-have’ for all Access developers.

    Disclaimer: I have no monetary interest in this tool.

    Joe Anderson, Microsoft Access & Data Platform MVP

  4. ELMER PEREZ says:

    Hi Dale,
    I installed the 64-Bit trial version to test your tool but I don’t know how to activate and use it. I am using Access 2013. Please advise.
    I am willing to purchase this as soon as I find it useful to all my applications.
    Thanks and regards,

    1. Dale says:


      The Access Shortcut Tool is a self-contained executable. After you download it (only use the 64 bit version if that is the version of Office you are using), run the file. It will create the add-in for Access and register the application. Then in Access, select the Database Tools tab on the ribbon, then Add-ins, then “Shortcut Tool”

      In the future, please reply to

  5. Daniel Attard says:

    Last month I paid the very small fee of $50 to buy the perpetual license for this tool. To say that this tool will pay for itself is a major understatement. I have always wondered why Access does not have a built-in tool for managing shortcut menus. Now we have this great tool to fill the void. My applications have never looked better now that I can put just the right code wherever I need to in my shortcut menus. Thanks Dale for building and maintaining such a valuable tool.

  6. Scott Hall says:

    Have you looked into modifying the installer so that it will not require administrator rights? I’m not sure if this is possible for the application but I think it could open up greater selling opportunity.

    Carlos over at MZ-Tools did that awhile back and it meant that a lot of different groups at my agency were able to purchase and use his product. Not sure how he did it, but it is a full EXE that can be installed without admin rights.

    I think a lot of developers are stuck in that familiar situation – IT won’t allow the install of the software without a 5-year intensive threat study = /.

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