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Introducing Mission Control: The Navigation Pane
Creating custom groups in the Navigation Pane
Rather than use the default categories for
Navigation Pane groups, you can create your
own custom groups in the Navigation Options
dialog box and then drag database objects into
the new groups. In a database for a small
bookstore, for example, you might want to have one
group for the objects that your purchase
manager uses and another group for your
bookkeeper. Here’s how you create those groups:
1. Right-click the title bar of the Navigation
Pane or the empty space at the bottom
of the Navigation Pane and choose
Navigation Options from the contextual
You see the Navigation Options dialog
box. The Categories list on the left shows
options that appear in the Navigate to
Category section of the Navigation Pane’s
menu. The list on the right, named Groups
for Tables and Related Views, shows the
options for the selected category.
2. Select Custom in the Categories list, or
create a new category by clicking the
Add Item button and then giving your new
category a name.
The right list shows the options for the
3. Create new groups in the right list by
clicking the Add Group button and then
selecting the groups you want to appear
in the Navigation Pane.
4. Change the order of the groups, if
necessary, by clicking the up and down arrows
that appear when a group is selected.
Be sure to leave the Unassigned Objects
category selected until you’ve assigned
objects to their groups.
5. Click OK to close the Navigation Options
6. Click the down arrow on the Navigation
Pane’s title bar and choose Custom or the
category you created from the menu.
You see the groups you created in Step
3, and the database objects appear in the
Unassigned Objects group.
7. Assign objects to groups by following
a. Select single objects, or select multiple
objects by holding down Ctrl as you click.
b. Drag objects to their new groups, or
rightclick the object, choose Add to Group from
the contextual menu, and choose the group
When you add an object to a custom group,
you create a shortcut to the object. (The
shortcut arrow appears with the object’s
icon.) You can rename a shortcut by
rightclicking it and choosing Rename Shortcut
from the contextual menu.
8. When all objects are assigned to groups,
deselect the Unassigned Objects group.
For old hands who grew up with previous
editions of Access, custom categories provide a
way of organizing objects that replaces some
of the functionality of switchboards, which
were used in earlier versions of Access.