Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Designing Consistent Forms
Figure 81 – Sample "Boilerplate" Form
Creating a boilerplate form should always be the first action. This ensures that
the Cancel button and other similar buttons will always be in exactly the same
place. This helps to keep the screen from flickering during a form change, too.
Using a header with a logo, the application name, the form name, and the
Cancel button, and displaying the active user makes the application look more
This form can be used not only for the manipulation of individual records, but
also as the frmMain with buttons that go to the different sections of the
database by the click of a button. Most applications have a limited set of forms
and reports, and this method avoids using the Access Switchboard manager
under Tools | Database Utilities | Switchboard manager.
Generally, the form will consist of a main form called frmMain, with buttons
for the main choices (such as Order, Client, and Reports), optionally followed by
another form (such as one for all Reports), which will suffice 90% of the time.
A visual representation of this concept is presented in Figure 82: