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FORMS

Though careful data analysis is the key to a well-designed and adaptive database, end users are just as likely to appreciate a well-built user interface time and again. A good interface leverages forms and controls in a way that is intuitive to users for managing data. User interfaces should hide the complexities of a database, such as business rules and relationships.

Access forms are graphical controls that act as containers for other graphical controls such as text boxes, labels, and command buttons. Though most of the forms in this book will be created from scratch without the aid of any wizard, Access 2010 has done an excellent job making simplistic form creation easy through the use of the Form tool, which I’ll show you next.

To use the Form tool, select the table or query you want available on the form (in my example it’s the Assignments table) and then click the Form icon from the Create tab of the Ribbon, as shown in Figure 2.14.


  

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