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Different Microsoft Access Form Controls

Option Groups, List Boxes, Toggle Buttons, and more

Q: I am developing a database using Microsoft Access. We have several screens where the user has to select one option from a bunch of options, but I'm getting sick of using the standard Combo Boxes on all of the forms. What other controls are available to let me spice up my forms a bit? Any tips? >Michel, Chicago IL
A: There are several different controls you can use to add a little extra variety to your forms. In our Microsoft Access 203 course we cover option groups, list boxes, and toggle buttons. These are three more controls that give you different ways to let users select options.

Option Groups force users to select one of the listed options (like male, female, or unspecified). Toggle Buttons let you select one or more options. Here we have listed different "customer types" such as hardware, software, service, etc. The customer can be of any type (or multiple types). There are also List Boxes that can be configured for both single-item or multi-item options (corporate, educational, government, etc).

Of course, we'll teach you how to use all of these different controls throughout our Access courses. There are many other controls available as well to "spice up" your forms - such as the Tab control shown in the image above. Making your forms look good is a step towards making them easier to use - and that will improve productivity.


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