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Lesson 8 Saving changes in the Form Design view
Objective Describe when you need to save your form.

Saving changes in Form Design View

When you make changes to a form design, those changes are not automatically saved. To save the changes you need to click the Save button or press Ctrl-S. This seeming inconvenience has a benefit. It's easy to change your form in such a way that you are not happy with the result. However, you can always choose not to save the changes (if you're not satisfied with them) and then reopen the form as it was when last saved.
Learn to select and resize controls in the next lesson.

Different Types of Forms

Most forms facilitate data entry.adding or editing records in one or more tables.However, some forms are more specialized than others, and some serve purposes other than data entry. Here is an overview of the types of forms you can create from the Forms group on the Create tab:
  1. Blank form in Design view Clicking the Form Design button displays a blank design grid where you can design a form from scratch.
  2. Blank form in Layout view Clicking the Blank Form button displays a blank canvas and opens the Field List, from which you can drag fields from the database tables onto the form.
  3. Navigation Clicking the Navigation button displays a gallery of predefined navigation form layouts. You must use a navigation form to provide access to the objects in a Web database, which has no Navigation pane. But navigation forms can be useful for any database.
    Clicking the More Forms button displays a gallery of additional types of forms:
  4. Multiple Items This form, sometimes called a Continuous form, allows you to see more than one record at a time on a single form page.
  5. Datasheet This form looks and behaves like a datasheet (table).
  6. Split Form This form provides two synchronized views of the same data, one in a form and the other in a datasheet. This greatly simplifies the process of finding and editing records.
  7. Modal Dialog This form looks and behaves like a dialog box. It has default OK and Cancel buttons. When it is active, nothing else can be done until it is closed.
  8. PivotChart This form displays interactive information in a chart.
  9. PivotTable This form displays an interactive table that uses whatever calculation methods you specify to summarize the data.