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Create a Navigation Form in Access – Instructions

by / Tuesday, 29 August 2017 / Published in Access 2016, Latest, Microsoft, Office 2016

Create a Navigation Form in Access: Overview

            You have the ability to quickly and easily create a Navigation form in Access. A navigation form performs the same function as a switchboard form does within your database. A navigation form contains buttons you click to open other database objects, like reports and forms.

            To create a navigation form in Access, click the “Create” tab in the Ribbon. Then click the “Navigation” button in the “Forms” button group. Then select the style of navigation form to create from the drop-down menu that appears.

Create a Navigation Form in Access - Instructions: A picture of a user creating a Navigation form in Access.

Create a Navigation Form in Access – Instructions: A picture of a user creating a Navigation form in Access.

            Next, click and drag the database objects for which you want to create buttons on the navigation form from the Navigation Pane into the “Add New” section of the navigation form. As you drop the items into this section, Access then automatically creates button links to the objects. It also shows the objects within the designated section in the navigation form. After adding objects to the navigation form, click the “Save” button in the Quick Access toolbar to save it.

Create a Navigation Form in Access: Instructions

  1. To create a navigation form in Access, click the “Create” tab in the Ribbon.
  2. Then click the “Navigation” button in the “Forms” button group.
  3. Then select the style of navigation form to create from the drop-down menu that appears.
  4. Next, click and drag the database objects for which you want to create buttons on the navigation form from the Navigation Pane into the “Add New” section of the navigation form.
  5. As you drop the items into this section, Access automatically creates button links to the objects.
  6. It also shows the objects within the designated section in the navigation form.
  7. To save the Navigation form after adding objects to it, click the “Save” button in the Quick Access toolbar.

Create a Navigation Form in Access: Video Lesson

            The following video lesson, titled “Creating a Navigation Form,” shows how to create a Navigation form in Access. This video lesson is form our complete Access tutorial, titled “Mastering Access Made Easy v.2016-2013.”

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