Not everybody is as confident with Microsoft Access databases as you are. Most users feel intimidated and afraid – rightly so – to make mistakes. So make their use of the database easier with big navigation controls. In a previous tip, you learned how to Find records faster with a dropdown in Microsoft Access forms, today you will see how to replace the small navigation buttons in Microsoft Access forms with large, non-threatening, user-friendly buttons.
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Adding command buttons for navigation to a form

  1. Switch to Design view Design View button - Make Microsoft Access forms more user-friendly with big navigation controls
  2. Display the Toolbox if it is not visible by clicking Toolbox Toolbox button - Make Microsoft Access forms more user-friendly with big navigation controls

Toolbax toolbar - Make Microsoft Access forms more user-friendly with big navigation controls

  1. Click Command Button on the toolbox Command button icon - Make Microsoft Access forms more user-friendly with big navigation controls
  2. Follow the steps of the Command Button Wizard
    1. choose the type of button and associated commandChoose Go to Next Record in the Record Navigation category - Command Button Wizard step 1 - Make Microsoft Access forms more user-friendly with big navigation controls
    2. change the appearance if requiredChoose the appearance of your command button - Make Microsoft Access forms more user-friendly with big navigation controls
    3. assign a name to the button (useful if you further programme the form)Give the button a more recognizable name if you want to refer to it when you create VB code - Make Microsoft Access forms more user-friendly with big navigation controls

This is the form with the two large navigation buttons you created which are more user-frienldy ways to guide users.

The completed form with bigger navigation buttons - Make Microsoft Access forms more user-friendly with big navigation controls

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