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Modified form displayed in Form view
color of form
p i cture
with the new
l ine type of field value
boxes changed to dotted
E-mail Address field moved
to the bottom of the form
Trouble? If the E-mail Address field value is selected in your form, you might not
have clicked a blank area of the main form as instructed in Step 4. If so, double-
click the Customer ID field value to select it.
Oren is pleased with the modified appearance of the form. Later, he plans to revise
the existing Contract Data form and make the same changes to it, so that it matches the
appearance of the Customer Data form.
| Understanding the Importance of Form Design
When you create a form, it’s important to consider how the form will be used, so that its
design will accommodate the needs of people using the form to view, enter, and maintain
data. For example, if a form in a database mimics a paper form that users will enter data
from, the form in the database should have the same fields in the same order as those on
the paper form. This will enable users to easily tab from one field to the next in the data-
base form to enter the necessary information from the paper form. Also, it’s important to
include a meaningful title on the form to identify its purpose, and to enhance the appear-
ance of the form. A form that is visually appealing makes working with the database more
user-friendly and can improve the readibility of the form, thereby helping to prevent errors
in data entry. Finally, be sure to use a consistent design for all the forms in your database.
Users will expect to see similar elements—titles, pictures, styles, and so on—in each form
contained in a database. A mix of form styles and elements among the forms in a database
could cause confusion and lead to problems when working with the forms.