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Chapter 32. Creating and Using Custom Forms > Working with Controls on Forms

Working with Controls on Forms

After you add some fields to your form, you're ready to add controls to your form. You can add text boxes, drop-down combo boxes, check boxes, option buttons, or just about any other valid Windows control to create the right visual look and feel to your form. You can even add images and command buttons that execute code when clicked.

Controls Versus Fields

Many people are confused by the difference between a field and a control. A field is a unit of data. It's the actual data that's displayed on your form; for example, the start date of your appointment. A control is the text box that's used to display the start date. A control on a form is a container for a field. It's very much like the difference between a floppy disk and data. The data is stored on the floppy disk; the disk itself does not hold data unless some is explicitly saved on it.


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