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Hands-On Microsoft Access: A Practical Guide to Improving Your Access Skills by Bob Schneider

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Visual Elements and Tools

Whether you're discussing databases, dogs, or dirigibles, looks count. In the case of databases, attractive design is not merely a matter of making your reports and forms look pretty. A more aesthetically pleasing form or report often means greater efficiency and enhanced functionality.

Here are a few Access features to convey information more effectively or improve the appearance of your database objects. (The formatting toolbar is shown in Figure 12.13.)

Figure 12.13. The tools of the Formatting toolbar.

1 Object Selector 2 Font 3 Font Size 4 Bold 5 Italics 6 Underline 7 Align Left 8 Center 9 Align Right 10 Fill/Back Color 11 Font/Fore Color 12 Line/Border Color 13 Line/Border Width 14 Special Effects

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