Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Choosing Fonts, Colors, and Other Decorative Touches
For dates in a text box, you can control the order of the month, day, and
year; whether to omit the day or year; how many digits to show for the year;
and whether to display the name or number of the month.
On the Format tab of the property sheet for the text box, click the down
arrow at the right end of the Format property, as shown in Figure 2-10. You
see a drop-down menu of numeric or date formats. To control the number of
decimal places that appear, set the Decimal Places property. (The Auto
setting means that Access decides how many places to display.)
Figure 2-10:
Setting the
format for a
number in a
text box.
For a Date field, you can display a little calendar icon that the user can click
to choose a date from a calendar. Set the Show Date Picker property to
For dates.
If you want to make fancier numeric or date formats, see Book II, Chapter 1.
Forms and reports can include calculated numbers and dates, too. An order
form can display the sales tax based on the total amount of the order, for
example. See Chapter 4 of this minibook for details on how to get Access to
do the arithmetic for you.
Book IV
Chapter 2
Choosing Fonts, Colors, and Other Decorative Touches
You can format label and text box controls in lots of ways, almost as though
you were using a word processor. When you select a text box, label, or other
control with text, numbers, or dates in it, you can use the tools in the Font
group on the Format tab on the Ribbon, as shown in Figure 2-11, or set
properties on the Format tab of the property sheet. The choice is yours.
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