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Getting Your Fields Lined Up in Layout View
your controls (text boxes, check boxes, labels, and so on), including moving
them around, resizing them, and adding and removing field controls. Layout
view makes it easy to arrange your controls tastefully because it provides a
layout (hence, the name) with rows and columns so that your controls line
up nicely.
Layout view is limited, however. If you want to make other changes, such as
adding validation rules to fields, you need to use Design view. Design view
doesn’t look much like your form; no data appears, but you can see the
controls on your form and configure the properties of each one.
In either Layout or Design view, you can display the property sheet, which
shows the properties of the entire form, sections of the form, or individual
controls. Both views also work with the field list, which lists the fields in the
record source.
Read on to try rearranging your fields in Layout view. Chapter 2 of this
minibook explains making all kinds of changes in Design view, setting the
properties of controls and forms with the property sheet, and adding controls by
dragging fields from the field list.
Getting Your Fields Lined Up in Layout View
Layout view enables you to impose a control layout on your form, which
restricts where controls can appear on the form. When form controls are in
a control layout, it’s easy to get them to line up neatly, because Access does
the work for you.
Access provides two control layouts:
Stacked: The label for the control is to the left of the control, as shown
in Figure 1-1, earlier in this chapter. This control layout is useful for
single-record forms.
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Tabular: The label for the control is at the top of a column of controls,
as shown in Figure 1-4, earlier in this chapter. This control layout is
useful for continuous forms, which can display the data from multiple
records in columns.
The Tabular control layout is useful only for continuous forms, which are
described in “Choosing one record or many,” later in this chapter.
A form can have one or more control layouts, each occupying a
rectangular part of the form, and each with rows and columns containing controls
that display labels, fields, and other things. Each control layout appears in
Layout view as a dotted rectangle. In Figure 1-1, earlier in this chapter, a
control layout encloses a column of controls and their labels. Your form may
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