Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Making All Kinds of Changes in Design View
Changing the layout of an existing form or report
To change the layout of an existing form or report, open it in Design view
by right-clicking its name in the Navigation Pane and choosing Design View
from the contextual menu. Your form looks like Figure 2-1.
Design view shows the controls that make up your form or report and
enables you to create, move, and delete the controls. You can also set the
properties of your controls to change the way they look and act.
We can hear you asking, “What’s a control?” A control is an object on a
form or report that displays some information. Some controls display text,
whereas others display check boxes, command buttons, drop-down menus,
or pictures. You choose what information appears on your form by making
controls to display that information. The most popular controls of all time
are a text box (to show text, usually from a field in your table), a label (to
show explanatory text), a combo box (to show a drop-down menu), and a
command button (to run a little program, such as a macro or a Visual Basic
for Applications [VBA] module). For information about other types of
controls, see “Understanding types of form controls,” later in this chapter.
Other things that you may see in Design view include the following:
✦ Grid: Access displays a grid of lines and dots in the background of the
Design View window to help you align objects neatly, as well as rulers at
the top and left sides of the window. Figure 2-1, earlier in this chapter,
shows the grid.