The “Navigation form” is new in “Access” 2010. This replaces the “Switchboard” of “Access” 2007 and is much easier to use.
We use a “Navigation Form”, you guessed it, to navigate between the various forms and reports (we will see more of this later) in our database.
To add a “Navigation Form”, select the “Create” tab in the “Ribbon” and click the “Navigation” button.
This opens a drop-down menu and the options here are pretty clear. The only thing I can say is, when many forms and / or reports are to be added to a “Navigation Form”, you choose one from the last options only.
As I do not have that many forms, I chose the first option in this example, which is “Horizontal tabs”.
This opens the new “Navigation form” and on the right side of the window, we see the “Field List” (1).
We do not need this, so you can close it by clicking the X icon (A).
To add forms and / or reports to the “Navigation Form”, click and drag it from the “Naigation Pane” (1) to the “Navigation bar” (2) of the “Navigation Form”.
If you wish to move a form or report in the navigation bar of the “Navigation Form”, then click and drag it to the desired position in the “Layout View”.
If you wish to remove a form or report from a “Navigation Form”, you select it in the “Layout view” and click the “Delete” button on your keyboard.
If you are ready, then test the “Navigation Form” in “Form View”.
Save the “Navigation Form” with a significant name.
Those of us who have worked with “Access” 2007 will agree with me when I say that this is a lot easier than the “Switchboard”.
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