Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Taking Control of Your Form or Report
When you’re in Layout or Design view, you can display the properties of
a control on your form by double-clicking the control.
Changing the size of a form
If you use tabbed documents (described in Book I, Chapter 2), when you
open a form in Form view, the form uses the entire space in the Access
window except for the space that the Navigation Pane takes up. With tabbed
documents, the size of a form is defined as the size of the Access window.
If the form is smaller, the right and bottom parts of the form appear to be
blank in Form view, and if the form is larger, scroll bars appear so that you
can scroll to see the rest of the form. Overlapping Windows is the default
setting, so to display tabbed documents instead, you must click the File tab
of the Ribbon, select Options in the list on the left edge of the window, and
then select Tabbed Documents in the dialog box that appears.
In Design view, you can set the size of the form by dragging the bottom edge
of the grid up or down or by dragging the right edge of the grid left or right.
Taking Control of Your Form or Report
The heart of form design is the controls — the objects that appear on forms
and reports. Controls on forms include boxes that display text and numeric
data from fields, check boxes for Yes/No fields, drop-down menus for lookup
fields, buttons that you click to run a macro or VBA procedure, and other
stuff you’re used to seeing on computer screens. (For reports, all controls
just sit there on the paper.)
To display or edit a field, you have to create a bound control — a control
that’s connected to a field in your table or query — so that Access knows
what information to display in the control. You can also display unbound
controls, which contain information that’s not stored in your table or query,
such as the form’s title or explanatory text.
Book IV
Chapter 2
Designing a form or report, or changing the design of an existing one,
consists mainly of adding controls where you want them to appear, getting rid
of controls you don’t like, and moving or configuring existing controls.
Understanding types of form controls
Table 2-1 lists the types of controls that can appear on forms and reports
when the report is open in Design view, along with the buttons that create
each type of control. The buttons are in the Controls group on the Design
tab of the Ribbon. As with any button, hover the mouse pointer over a
button to see the button’s name. If your Access window isn’t wide enough to
display all the buttons, you see a single Controls button (refer to Figure 2-1,
earlier in this chapter) that you click to see all the control buttons in a
bunch, as shown in Figure 2-3.
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