Using the drawing canvas

When you access Form Designer to create a new form, you are provided with a drawing canvas on which you build the form.

To work effectively with the canvas, you should know the following:

  • The structure of the canvas.
  • How to size your forms on the canvas.
  • How to position multiple objects.

The canvas contains a grid to which all design objects are referenced. Click Grid Preview to see the grid.

  • The grid coordinates start at (0,0) in the top left corner of the canvas. The X (horizontal) coordinates increase as you move to the right. The Y (vertical) coordinates increase as you move down.
  • There is approximately a 3 to 1 ratio between X units and Y units. For example, 30 X units cover approximately the same amount of space as 10 Y units.
  • For best results, try to use even X Y coordinates for objects you place on the canvas. The space required to display one character is 2x2 and, overall, the client displays better when you use even coordinates.

Related concepts

Form creation
Forms Designer
Creating and editing forms
Forms Designer properties view
Setting properties
Enabling HTML in forms
Forms Designer best practices
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