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Designing Basic Forms 227 · Generally, buttons such as OK, Cancel, and Yes appear at the top right or the bottom right of a form. OK should be the first button, followed by the Cancel button, and then any other buttons. If you haven't included an OK button, place the Cancel button after other buttons. · Use appropriate capitalization. Include colons in labels that identify another control--a text box, for exam- ple. The colon identifies the text as a label. · Remember that alignment affects readability, which influences the usability and efficiency of a form. It also reflects the quality of your application. For example, make sure you align the baselines of text box labels. · Keep the sizing and spacing of your controls consistent. (In some cases, one button might need to be larger than others because its label contains more characters.) For the most part, avoid placing a lot of controls in one area of a form if you have additional space elsewhere. Creating a Form with the Form Wizard and AutoForm Formats The Form Wizard and the AutoForm formats that Access provides generate fully functional forms that you can work with as is or modify for more particular needs. The Form Wizard creates a form using information you provide as you step through its screens. You choose the table, tables, or query on which to base the form; which fields to include on the form; the order in which the fields will appear; and the style and layout for the form. A form you create with one of the AutoForm formats includes all the fields in the query or table you base the form on, and the fields are arranged in a standard layout. Here are the steps you follow to create a form with the Form Wizard. Create a form with the Form Wizard 1. Open the file HelloWorld7.mdb located in the Chap07 folder where you copied the sample files for this book.