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Lesson 1

Designing and Creating Access Forms

This module discusses how to create forms for use in viewing and entering information. Especially if you are creating a database for others to use, you will find that forms are indispensable.
After you complete this module you will be able to:
  1. Describe the uses of a form
  2. Create an AutoForm
  3. Navigate records in a form
  4. Enter and edit data in a form
  5. Create a form using the form wizard
  6. Identify the parts of the form design view
  7. Select, resize, move and align controls in the form design view
  8. Add and delete controls using the Form Design view and the toolbox
  9. Format form controls
  10. Create calculated controls

Question: What is the purpose of Microsoft Access Forms?
Microsoft Access Forms are designed to provide an intuitive and user-friendly interface for working with data in an Access database. Forms serve several purposes, including:
  1. Data Entry: Forms provide an easy and efficient way to enter new data into an Access database. By using a form, users can enter data in a structured and organized manner, ensuring consistency and accuracy.
  2. Data Editing: Forms allow users to edit existing data in an Access database. With a well-designed form, users can quickly locate and modify specific records, making it easy to keep the database up-to-date.
  3. Data Viewing: Forms can also be used to view data in an Access database. By presenting data in a clear and organized manner, forms make it easy for users to understand and analyze the information stored in the database.
  4. Data Filtering and Sorting: Forms can be designed to allow users to filter and sort data in an Access database. By providing these capabilities, forms enable users to quickly locate and analyze specific subsets of data within the database.
  5. User Interaction: Forms can include interactive elements, such as buttons and dropdown menus, that allow users to perform specific actions or navigate through the database more easily.
In summary, Microsoft Access Forms are an important tool for working with data in an Access database, providing a user-friendly interface for data entry, editing, viewing, filtering, sorting, and user interaction.

Purpose of Access Forms

Forms provide the most flexible way for viewing, adding, editing, and deleting your data. They are also used for switchboards (forms with buttons that provide navigation), for dialog boxes that control the fl ow of the system, and for messages. Controls are the objects on forms, such as labels, text boxes, buttons, and many others. In this chapter, you learn how to create different types of forms. We also fill you in on the types of controls that are used on a form. This chapter also discusses form and control properties and how you determine the appearance and behavior of an Access interface through setting or changing property values. The forms you add to an Access database are a critical aspect of the application you create. In most situations, users should not be permitted direct access to tables or query datasheets. It is far too easy for a user to delete valuable information or incorrectly input data into the table. Forms provide a useful tool for managing the integrity of a database's data. Because forms can contain VBA code or macros, a form can verify data entry or confirm deletions before they occur. Also, a properly designed form can reduce training requirements by helping the user understand what kind of data is required by displaying a message as the user tabs into a control. A form can provide default values or perform calculations based on data input by the user or retrieved from a database table.