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Microsoft® Access® 2010 24-Hour Trainer by Truitt L. Bradly, Geoffrey L. Griffith

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Access 2010 Form Controls

One of the most powerful features of the Access Forms package is the built-in control set that Access 2010 provides. These controls supply the Access developer with some very common control types for building robust, professional-looking Windows Forms very quickly. As part of the new features of Access 2010, a couple of new controls have been added to improve upon this already solid set of controls. This lesson discusses the Access 2010 Form Controls and provides some examples about how these controls can be used in a database application.

LESSON SETUP

This lesson discusses controls in Access 2010 Form objects. You should be familiar with creating forms in databases and their basics as discussed in the previous lessons. Otherwise, no prior knowledge of Access Form controls is required for completing this lesson.

THE BUILT-IN ACCESS CONTROLS

Access 2010 has about 20 built-in controls, which can be placed on forms to provide some specific functionality to that form. For example, you could place a Button control on a form that a user could click to open another form or maybe even submit some data on that form. Regardless of the task that needs to be accomplished, Access 2010 provides a multitude of very common and flexible Windows-style controls. The following is a list of common controls that are included in Access 2010 (but this is by no means a complete list):

  • TextBox Control — A standard Windows-style text box that a user can type text into.
  • Label ...

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