Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Some types of fields do not offer formatting options. For example, if the data type is Text there are
no formatting choices, but if the type is Number you can select format options such as the number
of decimal places displayed.
After you click OK to close the New Field dialog box, the new field appears in the User-Defined
Fields section of the Field Chooser. From here you can drag the field onto a form page just like
with the built-in fields.
Adding a Control First
The other way to define a new field involves adding the control to the page first and then creating
the field for it:
If necessary, display the Toolbox.
Click the desired control icon in the Toolbox.
Draw the control at the desired location on the page.
With the control selected, click the Property Sheet button on the ribbon to open the
control’s property sheet.
In the property sheet, click the Value tab (see Figure 27.2). If this tab is not available, it
means that you have selected a type of control that cannot be associated with a field.
Delete the control and choose another one.
Click the New button to display the New Field dialog box (shown earlier in Figure 27.1).
In the New Field dialog box, enter the new field name and select its data type and format.
Click OK to return to the property sheet. The details of the new field are now displayed
on the Value tab (see Figure 27.3).
Click OK to close the property sheet.
Before associating a new field with a control, the Value tab is blank.