Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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In addition to the top-level tabs, Access displays other tabs, called contextual tabs ,
when you perform certain tasks or work with objects such as datasheets. If you are
working with a table in Datasheet view, for example, the Table Tools tab and its related
subordinate Datasheet tab appear (Figure 1–17). When you are fi nished working with the table,
the Table Tools and Datasheet tabs disappear from the Ribbon. Access determines when
contextual tabs should appear and disappear based on tasks you perform. Some contextual
tabs have more than one related subordinate tab.
contextual tabs
text box
button
button arrow
Figure 1–17
Commands on the Ribbon include buttons, boxes (text boxes, check
boxes, etc.), and galleries (Figure 1–18). A gallery is a set of choices, often
graphical, arranged in a grid or in a list. You can scroll through choices on an
in-Ribbon gallery by clicking the gallery’s scroll arrows. Or, you can click a
gallery’s More button to view more gallery options on the screen at a time. Some
buttons and boxes have arrows that, when clicked, also display a gallery; others
always cause a gallery to be displayed when clicked. Many galleries support live
preview , which is a feature that allows you to point to a gallery choice and see
its effect in the database object — without actually selecting the choice.
Some commands on the Ribbon display an image to help you remember
their function. When you point to a command on the Ribbon, all or part of the
command glows in shades of yellow and orange, and an Enhanced ScreenTip
appears on the screen. An Enhanced ScreenTip is an on-screen note that
provides the name of the command, available keyboard shortcut(s), a description
of the command, and sometimes instructions for how to obtain help about
the command (Figure 1–19). Enhanced ScreenTips are more detailed than a typical
ScreenTip, which usually only displays the name of the command.
The lower-right corner of some groups on the Ribbon has a small
arrow, called a Dialog Box Launcher , which, when clicked, displays a
dialog box or a task pane with additional options for the group (Figure 1–20).
When presented with a dialog box, you make selections and must close the
dialog box before returning to the database object. A task pane , by
contrast, is a window that can remain open and visible while you work in the
database object.
Figure 1–18
image of split form
helps to identify
Split Form button
mouse pointer
on Split Form
button
Enhanced
ScreenTip
Figure 1–19
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