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Create forms for a new Access 2007 database

Tools for changing forms


Your new forms are nice, but they aren't quite right. You'd like to resize some fields, rearrange some others, and maybe have your forms display the current date and time. No problem. Access provides two main tools for changing a form — Layout view and Design view. You use Layout view to change the look and feel of a form. For example, you can change the text on a form, or apply a predefined style.

In contrast, Design view lets you do some tasks that Layout view won't. For example, you can set a default value for a control, or change the tab order of the controls — the order in which Access places focus on them when you press the TAB key.

Callout 1 To open a form in Layout view, go to the Navigation Pane, right-click the form, and then click Layout View.
Callout 2 Use the commands on the Format and Arrange tabs. For example, in the AutoFormat group, click a style to apply it to the form.
Callout 3 Follow the same steps to open a form in Design view.
Callout 4 Once you're there, you can do a number of things you can't in Layout view, such as adding certain types of controls to the form.

The practice will show you some of the ways you can use Layout and Design view.

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