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Access Beginner Level 2

Beginner Microsoft Access Tutorial - 1 Hour, 23 Minutes
This Microsoft Access video tutorial picks up where Level 1 left off. This class focuses primarily on building and formatting Forms in Access. You will learn:
  - Setup a Trusted Location
  - Working in Form Design View
  - Manually Adding Fields
  - Manipulating Form Objects
Lining up Objects on The Grid
  - Formatting Your Form
  - Using Themes, Fonts, & Colors
  - Working in Layout View
- Using Overlapping Windows

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Access Beginner Level 2
Description: Access Beginner Level 2
Versions: Valid for Access 2007 thru 2016
Pre-Requisites: Access Beginner Level 1
Running Time: 1 Hour, 23 Minutes
Cost: $1

This class picks up where Level 1 left off. We will focus on designing and formatting forms from scratch. In the previous class, we built a simple form using the Access automatic form builder. In today's class, we'll learn how to design a form from the ground up. This will allow us to take full advantage of the power of Access form design.


We will begin by downloading the database from the last class. We'll talk about the security warning that comes up when you run the database, and what it means. I'll show you how to set up a Trusted Location - a folder on your desktop where you can run databases without having to see that warning every time.


We'll spend the majority of this class learning how to build forms from scratch. Sure, Access can instantly build a simple form for you, but understanding how to build forms yourself from the ground up will help you to unlock the true potential of building powerful, professional databases.


You will learn how to manually add fields to your forms, working with the Field List.


You will learn how to manipulate the different objects on your form, including labels, text boxes, and check boxes. You'll see how to move, resize, and delete them. You'll learn how to work with them in groups, and edit some of their properties, such as changing the text on a label.


You'll learn about The Grid, which is the set of dots on the background of a form that Access uses to keep your objects lined up all nice and neat.


You will learn how to apply different formatting techniques to your forms. You'll see how to change the foreground and background colors of the controls on your form, and background color of the form itself. You'll learn how to work with different fonts, line styles, borders, shadowing, effects, and much more. All of this will allow you to make professional-looking, unique forms for your Access databases.



We'll learn about Themes and how you can use them to instantly change the look and feel of a form. You'll learn the difference between Standard colors and Theme colors. We'll discuss how Themes can make your database have a consistent look and feel.



You will learn how to work with Layout View - a hybrid between Form View and Design View. Layout View allows you can make some changes to the layout of your form while being able to see the data in it.



Finally, I'll take some time to answer questions from students that were posted in my online Access forums related to this class. Some of the questions include: What is an LACCDB file? How can I switch from a tabbed to an overlapping window interface? How to I pin commonly used databases to the Recent Files list? Can I add data from two tables to a form? Can I change the background color of a checkbox?



This is the perfect class for anyone who is new to Microsoft Access and wants to learn how to build forms from scratch. Of course, if you have any questions about whether or not this class is for you, please contact me.


Complete Outline - Access Beginner Level 2

00. Introduction (10:10)

01. Getting Started (12:26)
Download sample database
UNZIP the database file
Enable Content button
Setting up a TRUSTED location
Database Shortcut on Desktop
Quick Review of Level 1

02. Form Design 1 (12:13)
Building forms from scratch
Form design
Add existing fields
Field list
Switch to Form View
Switch to Design View
Adding fields to form
Deleting a field
Click and drag method
Add by double-click method
Add multiple fields
Shift-click method
Ctrl-click method
Move text box without label
Move label without text box
Delete just the label
Resize text box or label
Edit the text of a label

03. Form Design 2 (12:52)
The Grid dots
Sizing objects on the Grid
Select multiple objects
Resize, move multiple objects
Close the Field List
Resize the Form itself
Save form
04. Form Formatting 1 (10:17)
Change Form background color
Textbox background color
Label foreground color
Select using the rulerbar
Layout View
Align Left, Center, Right
Ctrl-Click to select objects

05. Form Formatting 2 (8:42)
Standard Color vs Theme Color
More Colors
Full Color Palette
Shape Outline
Line Color
Line Thickness
Line Type
Property Sheet Overview
Special Effect Property
Change Font

06. Questions From Students (10:26)
What is an LACCDB File?
Show Hidden Windows Files
Overlapping Windows vs. Tabs
Pin Recent Database Files
Add data from 2 tables to a form
Change check box background color

07. Review (6:01)


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