Microsoft Access - Modify a Form
In the previous lesson, we used the "Form Wizard" to create a form. In this lesson, we're going to modify the form.
At the end of that lesson, we were able to see our form in "Form View". Form View is the way the form is intended to be viewed by the user. If we want to modify it, we need to switch to "Design View".
Selecting "Design View"
To switch to Design View, select "Design View" from the "File" menu:
Enlarging the Form
To make the form taller, click on the "Form Footer" panel and drag it down. To make the form wider, click on the edge of the form and drag it across:
Adding a Field
Let's say we want to add the IndividualId field to the form. To do this:
- Select "Field List" from the "View" menu:
- You should now see a "Field List" panel. From this panel, click and drag the field you want onto the form area. When you release your mouse, the field will be added to the form:
Re-arranging the Fields
You might have noticed that the label for our fields appear exactly as the name of the field. This is OK, but we have no space between multiple words (i.e. "FirstName" appears instead of "First Name"). You can fix this by simply clicking in the label area and re-wording the label.
Also, while we're changing the form around, let's move the IndividualId field to the top of the form. To move the fields around, click on the edge of the field and hold your mouse down. When you see the cursor turn into a hand, reposition the field to the new location, then release the mouse.
You can re-size a field by clicking the edge and dragging once your cursor turns in to a two-headed arrow.
For any element that you select, you can view/change its properties. To view the properties panel, select "Properties" from the "View" menu.
The following screenshot shows that we are viewing the properties for the IndividualId text box. The "Data" tab is selected, which shows us the source of the data to populate the text box. The "Formatting" tab enables us to change the way the field is displayed.
Viewing the Result
Of course, you can always switch back to Form View at any time to see what your form looks like. You can see by this example that I changed the property of the labels so that their font weight is bold: