Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Browsing Tables with the Navigation Pane
The Navigation Pane
If you open enough tables, eventually all the tabs you need won’t fit. In this situation,
Access adds tiny scroll buttons to the left and right of the tab strip. You can use these
buttons to move through all the tabs, but it takes longer.
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Collapsing the Ribbon
Most people are happy to have the ribbon sit at the top of
the Access window, with all its buttons on hand. However,
serious data crunchers demand maximum space for their
data. They’d rather look at another record of information
than a pumped-up toolbar. If this preference describes you,
then you’ll be happy to find out you can collapse the
ribbon, which shrinks it down to a single row of tab titles,
as shown in Figure 25-17. To do so, just double-click the
current tab title.
the Access window), the ribbon collapses itself again. The
same trick works if you trigger a command in the ribbon
using the keyboard.
If you use the ribbon only occasionally, or if you prefer
to use keyboard shortcuts, it makes sense to collapse the
ribbon. Even when collapsed, the ribbon commands are
available; it just takes an extra click to open the tab. On the
other hand, if you make frequent trips to the ribbon, or if
you’re learning about Access and you like to browse the
ribbon to see the available features, don’t bother collapsing
it. The extra space that you’ll lose is well worth it.
Even when the ribbon is collapsed, you can still use all its
features. Just click a tab. If you click Home, the Home tab
pops up over your worksheet. As soon as you click the
button you want in the Home tab (or click somewhere else in
Figure 25-17:
Want to use every
square inch of screen
space for your data?
You can collapse the
ribbon (as shown
here) by
doubleclicking any tab.
Click a tab to pop it
open temporarily, or
double-click a tab to
bring the ribbon back
for good. And if you
want to perform the
same trick without
raising your fingers
from the keyboard,
then you can use the
shortcut key Ctrl+F1.
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