Viewing and Formatting Form Controls



After you've opened the desired form in Design view, double-click the form control you want to modify.


A control-specific dialog box opens. Click the Format tab if it is not selected already.


The Format tab contains the various formatting options. Click the scroll arrows to scroll through the list.


You have a great many options in terms of how a form appears and works. For example, you can change the form's background color, hide a field, set a specific size (width and height) for the form, change the font, and much more. In this task, you'll take a look at some of the various options. For information on using these options to further customize your form, experiment or consult Access's online help.



Click in a text field. In some cases, such as with the Border Style option, a down arrow appears on the right side of the field; click it to display a list of formatting options.


Click the dialog box's Data tab to view the various Data options. (Some of these options are the same as the field properties for a field in a table.)


Click the Other tab to view additional options that you can change, such as the field name.


Options Vary

The options available in the dialog box vary depending on what type of control you selected in step 1 (a label or a text box), as well as on the type of field the control is associated with.


Displaying All Options

To display all the available options in one list, click the All tab in the dialog box.


Building Events

You can use the dialog box shown in this task to build an event (that is, an action) that will occur after certain actions take place, such as clicking, exiting, or pressing a certain key. This topic is beyond the scope of this book, however.