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Making All Kinds of Changes in Design View
3. Open the form in Design view by right-clicking its name in the
Navigation Pane and choosing Design View from the contextual menu.
See Chapter 1 of this minibook for details on opening forms from the
Navigation Pane. If your form is already open in Layout view, click the
bottom of the View button in the View group on the Design or Home tab
of the Ribbon and then choose Design View from the drop-down menu.
You see your form in Design view, as described in the next section.
4. Make a change (add a control, change an existing control, turn the
background purple, or whatever).
Read on to find out how to make all kinds of specific changes.
5. To see how your form looks with the change, switch to Form view by
clicking the View button in the View group on the Design or Home tab
of the Ribbon.
When either the Home tab or the Design tab is selected on the Ribbon,
the View button shows a tiny form; it defaults to Form view. Clicking the
View button when it’s in tiny-form-mode tells Access to display your
form in Form view — including a record from the table or query that the
form is based on — so you can see whether you made the form better or
worse. (See Chapter 1 of this minibook for the views available for forms.)
For reports, you often want to preview what the report will look like
when it’s printed. See Book V, Chapter 2 for details on previewing and
printing reports.
6. Switch back to Design view by clicking the bottom part of the View
button and choosing Design View from the drop-down menu.
When you’re in Form view, the View button defaults to Layout view, so
you need to specifically choose Design view.
7. Repeat Steps 4–6 until your form is gorgeous and works perfectly.
Be smart: Press Ctrl+S every few minutes to save your work, even before
you’re completely finished.
8. Close the form’s window.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re in Design view, Layout view, Form view,
or Print Preview.
9. If you haven’t saved the form recently, click the Yes button when
Access asks whether you want to do so now.
Making All Kinds of Changes in Design View
If you’re a glutton for punishment, you can create a form in Design view by
clicking the Form Design button in the Forms group on the Create tab of the
Ribbon. We find it a lot easier to create a form as described in the preceding
section, however; we reserve Design view for improving the appearance and
behavior of an existing form.
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