MS Access

Control Property Reference

Every control on a form or report has dozens of different or settings so how do you keep them all straight? Following table shows you how this lesson is really a cheat sheet that you can use whenever you're not sure what exactly a particular control property is or does. The most important properties are marked with a *.

Common Form and Report Control Properties
Property Tab Description

Caption *

Format

Displays a descriptive caption for a form or text label.

Format *

Format

Customizes the way numbers, dates, times, and text are displayed and printed.

Decimal Places *

Format

Determines the number of decimal places displayed.

Visible *

Format

Shows or hides a control. Useful if you want to use information on the form without it being visible. For example, you could use the value in a hidden control as the criteria for a query.

Display When

Format

Determines whether a section or control always appears or only appears when it is displayed on screen or printed.

Scroll Bars

Format

Determines whether scroll bars appear in the control.

Left *

Format

Determines the horizontal position of the control.

Top *

Format

Determines the vertical position of the control.

Width *

Format

Determines the width of a control.

Height *

Format

Determines the height of a control.

Back Style

Format

Determines whether a control is transparent or not.

Back Color

Format

Determines the color of a control. Click the button to select a color from a palette.

Special Effect

Format

Applies a 3-D effect to a control.

Border Style

Format

Determines the line style of a control's borderselect from transparent lines, solid lines, dashed lines, etc.

Border Color

Format

Determines the color of a control's border. Click the button to select a color from a palette.

Border Width

Format

Determines the width of a control's border (in points).

Fore Color

Format

Determines the color of text in a control or the fill color of an object. Click the button to select a color from a palette.

Font Name

Format

Determines the font used in a control (such as Arial or Times New Roman).

Font Weight

Format

Determines the thickness (boldface) of text in a control.

Font Italic

Format

Determines whether the text in a control appears in italics.

Font Underline

Format

Determines whether the text in a control is underlined.

Text Align

Format

Determines how text should be aligned in a control.

Control Source *

Data

Determines the data that appears in the control.

Input Mask *

Data

Limits the amount and type of information that can be entered in a field, such as (___) ___ _-_____ _ for a phone number. Click the button to create an input mask using the Input Mask Wizard.

Default Value *

Data

Specifies a value that is automatically entered in this field for new records.

Validation Rule *

Data

Allows you to enter an expression that is evaluated when data in the field is added or changed.

Validation Text *

Data

Allows you to enter a message that is displayed when data doesn't meet the Validation Rule property.

Locked *

Data

Determines whether changes can be made to a field's data.

Event Tab

Event

Allows you to assign a macro or Visual Basic procedure to a specific event, such as when you click or update a control.

Name *

Other

Specifies the name of the control that identifies it in expressions, macros, and Visual Basic procedures.

Status Bar Text

Other

Specifies a message to display in the Status bar when the control is selected.

Enter Key Behavior

Other

Determines if pressing the Enter key adds a new line of text in a control or if it moves to the next field.

Allow AutoCorrect

Other

Determines if AutoCorrect (i.e., "teh" » "the") is used in a control.

AutoTab

Other

Used with the Input Mask property. Determines whether an automatic tab to the next field occurs when the last character permitted by a text box control's input mask is entered.

Tab Stop

Other

Determines whether users are able to tab to the control.

Tab Index

Other

Determines the tab order.

Shortcut Menu Bar

Other

Specifies a user-created shortcut menu that appears when the control is right-clicked.

ControlTip Message

Other

Specifies a brief message that appears when a user points at the control for a couple of seconds.

Help Context Id

Other

Specifies an identifier number for a user-created Help file that appears when the user selects the control and presses F1.

Tag

Other

Specifies extra, user-defined information that is stored in the object.


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