Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Making a Main Menu for Your Database
By hand: Create the form in Layout view by clicking the Blank Form
button in the Forms group on the Create tab of the Ribbon. You can
create a navigation form in Design view, but Layout view makes it easier
by positioning the forms nicely. Click the Navigation Control button in
the Controls group on the Design tab of the Ribbon; then click the form
to create the control.
Either way, you see a form with a navigation control: a box with an Add New
tab near the top-left corner of the form. For each form for which you want
a tab, drag the form from the Navigation Pane onto the navigation control.
Access creates a tab with the name of the form and displays the form in the
main part of the navigation control, as shown in Figure 3-16.
Figure 3-16:
A navigation
form can
serve as
Mission
Control
for your
database.
A navigation form doesn’t have to be the main menu for your whole
database. You can make one for a specific function, such as end-of-the-month
reporting, or for things that the bookkeeper does. You can even include one
navigation form in another: You might make a Main Menu navigation form
that has a tab that opens a Bookkeeping Menu navigation form.
Finding an alternative to navigation forms
You don’t have to use a navigation control to make a main-menu form for
your database. You can use a regular old form with command buttons on
it instead.
To make a main-menu form, create an unbound form — that is, a form for
which the Record Source property for the form is blank. (See Chapter 1
of this minibook for details on setting the record source of a form, and see
Book VI, Chapter 2, for more information about making a main menu.) Use
labels to give the form a title (such as Main Menu), and create a command
button for each command you want to be available on the form. When the
Command Button Wizard (discussed earlier in this chapter) runs for each
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