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Chapter 8. Working with Form Controls > Manipulating Form Controls

Manipulating Form Controls

You saw in Chapter 7, “Creating and Using a Form,” that when you add a field to a form, Access mostly uses text boxes, list boxes, and check boxes to enable the user to insert and edit field data. Whether you stick with the controls that Access suggests, or you branch out to use other types of controls on your forms, your form-building duties will be much quicker and of higher quality if you get comfortable manipulating the controls to get them exactly the way you want them. To that end, in this section you learn quite a few useful techniques that you can apply to any control.

Inserting Controls on a Form

As you learned in Chapter 7, you add bound controls to the form by clicking and dragging fields from the Field list. For unbound controls (or controls that you want to bind to a field later on), you need to use the Toolbox, which contains buttons for all the controls you can add to a form. Some of these controls—specifically, Option Group, Combo Box, List Box, Command Button, and Subform—also come with their own Control Wizard that takes you step by step through the process of creating and setting up the control. (For example, the Combo Box and List Box controls have wizards that help you define, among other things, the items that appear in each list.)


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