Designing Basic Forms 266 Chapter Summary Forms are the database objects that most users will work with most often. Forms should be designed so that their appearance is consistent and their function is easy to understand. Access includes several tools that you can use to build forms--the Form Wizard, AutoForms, and the toolbox and other elements in the Form Design window. You can create a form from scratch in Design view, or you can create a form by using the form wizards and then modifying the form in Design view. Use commands on the Format menu to align controls, change the size of controls, and change the spacing between controls. You can design one form with the formatting that you want to use on other forms in your database and then save the formatting as a custom form template. For more information: · See "Forms Follow Function," a training lesson available through Microsoft Office Online. You can also refer to the articles about forms included under the topic "Creating and Working with Databases and Ob- jects," in Microsoft Office Access 2003 Assistance, available through Microsoft Office Online. Forms and controls include a large number of properties that you can use to affect the way a form and its controls appear and behave. In Chapter 1, we'll describe more examples of working with forms and controls, including how to group controls, how to use a subform and a main form together, and how to use field values in a form as data for parameter queries. Q&A Q1: I like to position labels above each text box rather than to the left of