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You can add functionality to a form using preprogrammed buttons. Double-click on the Customers Order Form to open it. We're going to put a button right here to allow us to print this order. Go up to the View menu, drop it down and choose Design View. In the Controls area, choose the fourth one for Button. Click on it, and you'll get a crosshair with a little square on it. Go ahead and click right around the five- inch mark, and a Command Button Wizard opens. There are all different kinds of commands that will automatically be programmed when you click your button.
We want Form Operations, and we want to Print a Current Form. Click Next. It gives you a choice of putting on a Picture, or you can Browse and put your own picture on the button, or you can use Text. We're going to have it say Print Current Form. Click Next. Give the button itself a name. We're going to use PrintForm using Camel Caps with no spaces, and click Finish. If I want to change the appearance of my button, come up to the Form Design tools and click on Format, and then on Quick Styles.
Let's choose this green 3D, so that it matches the rest of our forms. I can also change the Shape by using this button right here. I've got rectangles, circles. We're going to do a Rounded Rectangle. Click on it, and move it over, so it's aligned well on the form. Go up to the Design tab, and then over to Datasheet View, and there is our button. Hold our cursor over it and click, and it opens up a Printer box.
Click OK if you want to Print, or Cancel if you don't. Access's buttons add practical functionality to your forms.
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