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3. Drag a rectangle down and to the right until all four sides of the rectangle are
approximately two grid dots from the two calculated controls and their labels. See
Figure 6-50.
Adding a rectangle to the form
Figure 6-50
Rectangle
button
Form Header
section height
increased
r e ctangle
added here
Trouble? If the rectangle is not sized or positioned correctly, use the sizing
handles to adjust its size and the move handle to adjust its position.
Next, you’ll set the thickness of the rectangle’s lines.
4.
In the Controls group on the Design tab, click the Line Thickness button
, click
the line with the ScreenTip 2pt in the list, and then deselect the control.
Next, you’ll add color and visual effects to the controls in the Detail and Form Header
sections.
Modifying the Visual Effects of the Controls in a Form
Distinguishing one group of controls in a form from other groups is an important visual
cue to the users of the form. For example, users should be able to distinguish the bound
controls in the form from the calculated controls and from the Select Contract control in
the Form Header section. You’ll now modify the controls in the form to provide these
visual cues. You’ll start by setting font properties for the calculated control’s labels.
Tip
Using one of the available
AutoFormats is always an
option for improving the
appearance of a form, but
an AutoFormat doesn’t
provide the control you can
achieve by setting proper-
ties in Design view and in
Layout view.
To modify the controls in the form:
1. Select the Number of Invoices label and the Invoice Amount Total label; in the
Font group on the Design tab, click the arrow for the Font Color button ; click
the Blue color (row 7, column 8) in the Standard Colors palette; and then in the
Font group on the Design tab, click the Bold button
. The labels’ captions now
use a bold, blue font.
Next, you’ll set properties for the Select Contract label in the Form Header section.
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