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11. Building Graphical User Interfaces

Chapter 11. Building Graphical User Interfaces

Regardless of how good your code is, a user generally judges the application by the look and feel of the user interface. This doesn’t mean that your code doesn’t have to work correctly, but it does mean that you should put some thought into the best ways to gather information from your users about how they will navigate the application. This chapter focuses on Microsoft Access, as it has the richest GUI development possibilities.

The first thing you can do in Access is set the startup properties for your database. This lets you have a form open when the application opens, put a title on the application, and set some other options around menus and special keys. You get to the startup options by going to the top menu under Tools Startup in the database windows. You might have to expand the menu to see that option if you have not used it before (press the double arrow at the bottom of the menu or keep it open without selecting anything for a few seconds). The startup options are shown in Figure 11-1.


  

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