Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Configuring the Whole Form or Report
Application Parts forms
A new Access feature called Application Parts
enables you to add preformatted (or even
preprogrammed) objects to your database.
To add a form from the library of Application
Parts, click the Application Parts button in
the Templates group on the Create tab of the
Ribbon. You see a menu of precooked parts,
starting with some blank forms:
When you click a blank form, Access adds a
copy of the form to your database.
When you open the new form in Layout or
Design view, the first thing you need to do
is to set its Record Source property, as
described in “Seeing where records come
from.” Then you can drag fields to the form in
Layout view and fine-tune the design in Design
To display more than one record at a time, change the form’s Default
View property. (It’s on the Format tab of the property sheet for the form.)
To display one record at a time, set this property to Single Form; to
display multiple records, change the property to Continuous Forms.
Continuous forms are useful when what you want is a glorified datasheet
with more than one row of fields for each record, more control of the layout
of the fields, or other form features that aren’t available for datasheets.
Book IV
Chapter 1
Using some other cool form properties
A few other useful form properties appear on the property sheet for the
form. Here’s what they do:
Datasheet view: You can enable Datasheet view so that you can view
the same set of fields that are on the form, but in a datasheet. Set the
Allow Datasheet View property to Yes on the Format tab of the
property sheet.
Read-only forms: You can make the information in a form read-only
that is, not editable (look, but don’t touch!) — by setting the Allow
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