Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Configuring the Whole Form or Report
Control Padding button in the Position group on the Arrange tab of the
Move the control layout. When you select a control layout, a little
fourarrows icon appears in its top-left corner. You can drag this icon around
to move the entire control layout, including the controls that it contains.
Remove the control layout. To remove a control layout so that the
fields, labels, and other controls in that area of the form can roam free
instead of being constrained into rows and columns, select the control
layout, right-click it, and choose Layout/Remove Layout from the
contextual menu. The orange lines are still there, but when you click
somewhere in that area to deselect it, the dotted lines that represented the
control layout are gone.
If you have some controls that aren’t in a control layout but you wish that
they were so that they’d line up, you can put them into a control layout
like this:
1. Select all the controls that you want to enclose in the layout.
Select the first control and hold down the Shift key while clicking each of
the other controls.
2. Click the Stacked or Tabular button in the Table group on the Arrange
tab of the Ribbon.
Access moves all the controls into neat rows and columns, and you see
the control-layout dotted line around them all.
Trying out your new, improved form
After you make some changes in your form, switch to Form view to see how
it works. To do so, right-click the object tab (the tab with the form’s name
at the top of the form) and choose Form View from the contextual menu, or
click the View button in the Views group on the Design tab of the Ribbon.
You can switch back and forth between Layout and Form view, making
changes until you like the result.
Book IV
Chapter 1
From time to time (maybe each time you sit back to admire your work), save
your form by right-clicking the object tab and choosing Save from the
contextual menu or by pressing Ctrl+S.
Configuring the Whole Form or Report
Some properties apply to an entire form, such as what records appear in the
form or report, how many records appear at the same time, and what scroll
bars and buttons appear around the edges. You can view and edit the
properties of any object in Access by using the property sheet. This section explains
how to set these form and report properties, and why you’d want to.
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