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Part 3: Creating Forms and Reports > Designing Custom Multitable Forms

Chapter 13. Designing Custom Multitable Forms

The controls that the Form Wizard adds to the forms it creates are only a sampling of the 20 native control objects offered by Access 97. Until now, you used the Form Wizard to create the labels, text boxes, and subform controls for displaying and editing data in the Personnel Actions table. These three kinds of controls are sufficient for creating a conventional transaction processing form.

The remaining 17 controls described in this chapter allow you to take full advantage of the Windows graphical user environment. You add controls to the form by using the Access Toolbox. List and combo boxes increase data entry productivity and accuracy by allowing you to choose from a list of predefined values rather than requiring you to type the value. Option buttons, toggle buttons, and check boxes supply values to Yes/No fields. If you place option buttons, toggle buttons, and check boxes in an option frame, these controls can supply the numeric values you specify. The Image control (which was a new feature of Access 95) supplements the Bound and Unbound Object Frame controls for adding pictures to your forms. Page breaks control how forms print. Access 97's new Tab control allows you to create tabbed forms to display related data on forms and subforms in a space-saving and more clearly organized fashion. Command buttons allow you to execute Access VBA procedures.


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