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Chapter 5. Exploring Forms and Controls > Changing the Form’s Color

Changing the Form’s Color

There are many reasons why people change a form’s colors. Some do it to make the form more aesthetically pleasing. Others use colors for emphasis. For example, they might want one section or object on the form to stand out. You can also use colors to apply conditional formatting on field data. To access the form’s properties so that the color can be changed, follow these steps:

In the form left open from the last example, right-click the Detail section of the form and then choose Properties to open the Properties sheet of this section.

Click the Format tab in the Properties sheet, and then click the Build button in the Back Color box to open the color palette as shown in Figure 5.11.

Figure 5.11. You can choose from the color palette of the back color property to assign custom colors to your form.


A handy shortcut for changing the color of the Detail section is to simply right-click the Detail section and then select Fill/Back Color. A drop-down list appears with a color palette for easy color selection.

From the color palette, choose the fifth box on the last row before the Custom Colors section and choose OK.

Close the Properties sheet.

Notice that the form’s color is changed. Click X on the window to close the form without saving any changes (see Figure 5.12).

Figure 5.12. You receive a message box to remind you to save the form while giving you the option to close without saving.



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