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Total Access Memo


Total Access Memo, by FMS Inc., gives you the power to add rich text format (RTF) memos to Microsoft Access. Our super-easy data binding means you can display rich text on your forms and reports and store it in your tables.

Total Access Memo is the most powerful rich text solution available for the Microsoft Access development environment.  Able to provide complete content formatting on forms and reports, Total Access Memo combines power and ease of use.


The need for formatted text in Access has been around as long as Access itself. Users and developers are constantly looking for a way to include formatting within fields. Formatting like fonts, bullet points, indentation, colors, images and alignment.

Unfortunately, Access provides no native way to accomplish this. The typical solution is to invoke Microsoft Word through automation to achieve rich text. The problems with this approach are many-fold:


Word is a large program that takes a long time to load. Trying to use Word as an editing solution on table data is almost always unworkable.


Embedding Word in an Access form using OLE is generally unstable as the links break on any machine that is not configured identically to the build machine.


Word does not offer a solution for Access reports, where the need for formatted text is often the most acute.

Similarly, some have tried to use the Microsoft Rich Text ActiveX control as a solution. This control exhibits the following problems:


As a Microsoft ActiveX control, the Rich Text control is prone to failure if an application installs a newer version. Microsoft often updates controls as part of an application's installation process, leading to non-functional ActiveX controls.


The Rich Text control does not reliably support data-binding in Access reports.


The Rich Text control offers no capability for editing text other than typing into the control itself. There are no provisions for applying formatting, changing fonts, or any of the other content options people need with rich text.

The Total Access Memo Solution

Since Access 2.0, Fms Inc. has been supplying the Total Access Memo product to solve these needs. Total Access Memo provides a complete rich text editing solution that works in form and reports, and supplies a robust editing environment.

With our latest release, Total Access Memo Version 11, we have added a range of new features, improved performance, and now support Access 2003, Access 2002 and 2000 all in one version.

What's New

Total Access Memo, version 10.0, includes these new features:

bulletFull support for Access 2003, 2002, and 2000
bulletEnhanced Report support, including a new function to handle control resizing on reports automatically
bulletSupports spell checking when you have the Office proofing tools installed.

Features and Benefits

Total Access Memo includes a complete set of features to make it easy to add rich text formatting.



A rich text control that works on Access forms and reports You can incorporate rich text with fonts, colors, bullets, formatting, and hyperlinks right in your Access Database. Using Total Access Memo is as simple as placing the control on your form or report. 
Full featured Editor Our fully functional editor can be invoked from within Access or as a standalone application. You and your users can call the editor to make creating, editing, and formatting rich text a snap. 
Complete Editing and Formatting Total Access Memo supports full font, color, attributes, bullets, indents, justification, hyperlinks, and complete editing capabilities.
Programmatic Interface All the functionality available from the Total Access Memo editor is also available programmatically. You can use VBA code to completely configure how Memo works and interacts with your application.
Supports both Access 2000 and 2002 One package gives you the complete rich text solution for your Access 2000 and 2002 databases. 

Download Demos

This fully functional demo version lets you view, edit, and print rich text format memo fields in Access. It does not allow you to insert Total Access Memo into your own forms or reports.

Total Access Memo for Access 97
File Size: 3.4 MB

Total Access Memo for Access 2003/2002/2000
File Size: 5.5 MB


Total Access Memo for Access - Single



Total Access Memo for Access - 5 Users   $895



Total Access Memo:


Works with Access 2003, 2002, 2000 and 97


Add RTF to Access reports and forms


System Requirements:


Pentium processor or better


Windows 98, 2000, ME, or NT 4.0


32 MB RAM (64 recommended)


10 MB available hard disk space


Access 97 or higher

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