Developing a Form in Design View in Ms Access

The Ms Access database isforms1 known for its overall ease of use. You can create tables and queries in it through the Wizard functionality with minimum effort. Similarly the Form Wizard can be used to create forms in quick time. However the Wizard has certain limitations and at certain point of time you may wish to design forms manually. Especially when you are looking to create custom forms or nested sub-forms; using the design view is a more apt choice. Let’s look at how you can quickly create forms in the design view.


Working with the Form Design View in Ms Access

  1. Launch the Ms Access application and head to the Form tab on the left pane
  2. Next click on the option Create Form in Design View
  3. You would find a blank design view screen coming into the picture
  4. Next you need to right click and choose properties from the drop down list
  5. A property sheet panel would come up in the right pane
  6. Of the tabs present in the property sheet, you need to head to Data tab
  7. Next you need to choose the table from where you wish to add fields to the form. This can be achieved by using the Add existing field option
  8. From the list of fields that come up in the picture, choose the one you wish to include and drag it to the preferred location on the form. Repeat the process for as many fields you wish to include.
  9. Next you need to modify the label tag and associated elements for each field.
  10. Once you have completed the form design, save the changes.

With the design view you can add controls of your choice, make segmented placements, and add validation rules with ease. Moreover it also has a host of associated options that can be set. At any point if you have a query with respect to a specific property you can always use the Help menu to gain further information.


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