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Chapter 7. Designing Basic Forms > Moving, Sizing, and Aligning Controls - Pg. 249

Designing Basic Forms 249 To filter by selection, for example, display a record that contains the field value you want to filter by, click in that field, and then choose Filter By Selection from the Record menu. Moving, Sizing, and Aligning Controls A control's position on a form makes a difference because you want to see data in a context and order that's meaningful. For example, you probably want a set of address fields in a conventional order for an address--name before street address, street address before city, and so on. The size of a control can affect whether you see all the data a field contains. You want a text box large enough to show the data but not so large that it takes up space you could use for other data. In the Tasks form, for example, several text boxes at the right side of the form don't show the entire field name in Design view and might not show all the data in those fields. If you've worked with an application such as Microsoft PowerPoint, which uses text boxes and other graphical elements, you likely have experience moving and sizing text boxes and other types of controls. In Access, a set of "handles" and icons appear when you select a control, as shown in figure 7-4,. You can then use the mouse or keyboard to reposition a control or adjust its size. You can refer to the design grid and the rulers bordering the form to help position a control and keep track of its size. Figure 7-4. After selecting a control, you can resize or move the control. You can select more than one control by using the Shift key and clicking each control Resize, move, and align controls on a form 1. On the Tasks form, click the Northwind Traders logo in the Form Header section. Position the mouse pointer on the small square at the bottom right corner, and then drag up and to the left, decreasing the size of the image so that it occupies roughly one square in the grid, as you see here: