Sections in a form
Before I go any further with the addition of controls on a form, let me first talk about the different sections in a form, how to adjust them and how to format them. This lesson should come earlier but, better late than never.
The information in a form can be divided into several sections.
A “Detail” section (A), a “Page Header/ Footer” (B) section, and a “Form Header/ Footer” (C) section.
In the “Detail” section, we see the records. We can display one or more records per page .
In the “Page Header” section, we place information that is to be displayed on each printed page. For example the title or column headings. We also place information that is to be displayed at the bottom of each printed page. For example, the date or page number.
The information you put in the “Form Header” is the same for each record, such as the form title. The “Form Header” appears at the top of the screen in “Form view” and is top of the first page.
Similarly, the information you put in the “Form footer” is displayed for each record. For example, command buttons or instructions for the use of the form.
You can hide or show the “Page Header” and “Page Footer” sections, by right clicking the form and selecting “Page Header / Footer” in the pop-up menu.
You can hide or show the “Form Header” and “Form Footer” sections by right clicking the form and selecting “Form Header / Footer” in the pop-up menu.
The “Detail” section can not be hidden. Quite logically, otherwise we will not need a form .
We can adjust the size of each section by moving the mouse over the edge of the section, and when it changes into a four-arrow (1), click and drag it.
We can change the size of the form by moving the mouse over the edge of the form, and when it changes into a four-arrow (2), click and drag it.
What else can I tell you here? As you can see in the picture below is our form with a grid and rulers. If you wish you to hide them, right click on the form, and click on these options in the pop-up menu. To view them again, just do the same.
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