Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Taking Control of Your Form or Report
4. To make a control for a field, drag the field from the field list to the
form, dropping it where you want the control to appear.
Access creates a control (usually, a text box) that’s bound to the field
you dragged. It also creates a label control containing the name of the
field, followed by a colon. The text box (or other control) is where the
contents of the field will appear.
Making a new control by choosing a control
The field list helps you create a control for your field, but you don’t get to
decide what kind of control to make. If you don’t like what the field list
provides, or if you want to create an unbound control (one that doesn’t display
a field at all), you have another way to create controls.
To make any kind of control, open your form in Design view and then follow
1. Click the button for the type of control you want in the Controls group
on the Design tab of the Ribbon.
A Controls button has a colored box around it when it’s selected.
2. Click the place on the form where you want the control to appear.
Access creates a new control and, for some control types, runs a wizard
to help you configure it.
Whether you use the field list or a Controls buttons to create a control, you
usually need to configure it by setting its properties on the property sheet,
as described in the next section. You can change the text of a label control;
change the field that a text box control displays; make text bold, huge, or a
different color; and make other changes. The rest of this chapter describes
how to configure your controls. You can change the properties of any of the
components of the form, from text box properties to the background color
of the form itself.
This chapter tells you everything you need to know about making and
configuring text boxes, labels, and check boxes, along with drawing lines and
boxes on your form. Chapter 3 of this minibook describes how to create and
configure more-advanced controls, including combo boxes, list boxes, toggle
buttons, option groups (groups of radio buttons), and command buttons.
Setting control properties
After you create a control on a form or report, you can change what
information the control displays, how the control looks, and how the control acts by
changing its properties. To see or change a control’s properties, open the
form in Design view, and follow these steps: