Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Chapter 2: Jazzing Up Your Forms (and Reports)
Chapter 2: Jazzing Up Your
Forms (and Reports)
In This Chapter
✓ Creating new controls on your form or report
✓ Adding controls to display text, numbers, dates, and Yes/No fields
✓ Arranging and formatting the controls on your form
✓ Spiffing up your form with lines and boxes
✓ Controlling how the cursor moves from field to field when you use
Chapter 1 of this minibook explains how to make a form or report by
using either a wizard or your bare hands. It also describes using Layout
view to rearrange the fields on a form. In this chapter, you find out how to
use Design view to create and configure controls — the objects on the form
or report that actually display information. You use controls to add lines,
boxes, and pictures to forms, too. You use Design view to fool around with
your form or report and make it as clear and easy to use as possible.
The information in most of this chapter works for creating and editing
reports, too. Just substitute the word report for form, and give it a try!
Creating New Forms Efficiently
Here’s how we usually make a new form:
1. Create the form by using a wizard, adding an Application Part, or
making a blank form.
Decide among these options based on what you want your form to look
like. You may want to run a few wizards and add a few Application Parts
forms to see whether any of them looks like a good starting point for
the form you want to create. You can always close the wizards
without saving if they aren’t useful. These methods of creating a form are
described in Chapter 1 of this minibook.
2. Open the form in Layout view, and drag the fields around where you
See Chapter 1 of this minibook for instructions.