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Forms Designer best practices

Forms Designer can produce portable forms that render successfully in the Windows and Web clients if you follow a few design suggestions. To ensure all forms are portable, test each new or upgraded form with both clients.

Hint: You can cut or copy and paste existing objects onto other forms.

Printing forms: printing is designed to work nicely with label/inputs; however, it will NOT work with arbitrary positioning of widgets in the form. If you want to print a table, make it a table - do not simulate one with "cleverly" placed labels.

Using pop-up subforms can save screen real estate, and can be helpful for performance because the query to obtain the subform information is not made until the data is needed for display.

Related concepts

Form creation
Forms Designer
Creating and editing forms
Form design
Form layouts
Sizing graphics
Form naming conventions
Web client forms
Building accessible forms

Related tasks

Access Forms Designer
Create a form using the Form Wizard
Update a form

Related references

Forms Designer controls and tools