How to Create a Navigation Form in Access 2013

Access 2013 provides several layouts for Navigation forms; which one you choose depends on what you need done. Here’s how you build a Navigation form:

1

Open the database file that will contain the Navigation form and click the Create tab on the Ribbon.

The Forms group appears toward the center of the Ribbon.

2

Click the Navigation button on the right side of the Forms group.

A drop-down list of Navigation layouts appears.

3

Select a layout from the drop-down list.

The selected Navigation form appears in Layout view, ready for design.

4

Show the Navigation pane, if necessary. (If you don’t see it, press the F11 key.)

Your database objects appear.

Don’t confuse the Navigation form with the Navigation pane. The former is a special type of form that you create from a command on the Ribbon; the latter is the built-in window that displays your database objects.

5

From the Navigation pane, drag an object that you want your users to open on top of an [Add New] tab on the Navigation form.

The object’s name appears in place of the Add New tab; the object itself appears in the middle of the form.

6

Repeat Steps 4 and 5 for each object you’d like added to the Navigation form.

Save the form using the Save button on the Quick Access toolbar.

The form will appear in the Navigation pane along with all other database forms.

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