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3. Entry and Navigation > 19. Help Users Navigate Through Long Forms

Help Users Navigate Through Long Forms

Use Page Break controls and command buttons so that users won’t have to scroll through long data-entry forms.

Information is wonderful. The more you know, the more you can do and plan for—unless you are the one stuck entering the data. Then, all you can plan on is a lot of typing and mousing around.

Figure 3-2shows an entry form, and a rather long one at that. This entry form contains more entry fields than can reasonably fit onscreen, as evidenced by the scrollbar on the right of the form. Anyone using this form will need to scroll or tab through to the fields on the bottom.

A form that takes a lot of entries
Figure 3-1. A form that takes a lot of entries

Tip

A tab control is great for managing a lot of controls on a form. However, this hack is based on a real-life situation. I once worked on a project in which data-entry operators were entering information from legal-size forms. The entry screen had to match the layout of the form.


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