This is Part 3 in our series on Microsoft Access Switchboard forms. In Part 2 we demonstrated how to create a custom switchboard form. This article shows how to add the finishing touches that improve the look and usefulness of a custom switchboard.
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Adding Finishing Touches to a Custom Switchboard Form
As discussed in Part 2 of this series, a custom switchboard form is essentially a page (database form) in your database with navigation buttons. Using the switchboard takes the drudgery out the repetitive tasks you perform with your database. In this article we will show some ways to add a more professional look to your custom switchboard form. We will demonstrate how to:
♦ add a large title to the Form Header
♦ add a graphic logo to the switchboard form
♦ customize a command button with built-in graphics
♦ turn off the form counter and navigation controls
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To add a large title to the Form Header
♦ With your switchboard form in the Design View, click on the Title icon in the Controls Group.
◊The Form Header section will open with a highlighted text box. Enter your form title.
The screenshot below illustrates this step:
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To add a graphic logo to the Switchboard Form
Before you can add a logo or other graphic to a switchboard form, the graphic file must already be stored on your computer. Do the following steps:
♦ Open the form in Design view.
♦ Click on the Logo icon in the Controls Group.
♦ The Insert Picture dialog box will open.
♦ Select the graphic file. The graphic file will appear in the Form Header.
The screenshot below illustrates these steps:
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To customize a Command Button with built-in graphics
Microsoft Access 2007 switchboard forms help us streamline our database. They act as a "central hub" in accessing our forms, reports, queries, etc. This two-part series demonstrates (1) how to use the built-in wizard to automate switchboard creation and (2) how to make your own custom switchboard.