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Chapter 14. Creating and Using Access Fo... > Modifying the Properties of a Form o...

Modifying the Properties of a Form or Control After Testing

The entries you added and edited gave you an opportunity to test your form. Testing a form to ensure that it accomplishes the objectives you have in mind usually takes much longer than creating the form and the query that underlies it. During the testing process, you might notice that the order of the fields isn’t what you want or that records in the subform aren’t displayed in an appropriate sequence. The following two sections deal with modifying the properties of the form and subform control.

Changing the Order of Fields for Data Entry

The order in which the editing cursor moves from one field to the next is determined by the Tab Order property value of each control. The Form Wizard established the tab order of the controls when you first created the form. The default Tab Order property of each field is assigned, beginning with the value 0, in the sequence in which you add the fields. Because the Form Wizard created a single-column form, the order of the controls in HRActions is left to right, top to bottom. The tab order originally assigned doesn’t change when you relocate a control.


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