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    New form styles (2003)

    Are there any downloadable "form templates" or "styles" for access forms available ? I've never happy with the way my forms turn out. They are ugly, and probably not as layout-efficient and user-friendly as they could be. But mainly, they are butt-ugly.

    Or, alternately, a source for instruction on making my forms less visualy horrific.

    Thank you

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    Re: New form styles (2003)

    <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> Form design reflects on the artistic ability of the maker of the database....have you ever tried drawing a form on paper before creating it? Ever have another user check out your drawing/give you advice? I usually find that if I stop looking at it, or let another user design the form, they will often times come up with functionality/designs that I would never have thought of.
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    Re: New form styles (2003)

    Try finding the book About Face 2.0: The essentials of Interaction Design, by Alan Cooper and Robert Reimann. This is the bible of interface design.
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    Re: New form styles (2003)

    Once you do find one form that you like, see this article by Helen Feddema on form templates. It is in her archive #31- http://www.helenfeddema.com/access.htm

    Also see in her download section the following:

    # 36
    An Access 2000 add-in that lets you apply one of a set of design schemes to forms in a database
    This add-in lets you apply one of a set of four standard color schemes, or a custom color scheme you create, to a new form you are creating, or to an existing form (or selection of forms). The add-in uses the CommonDialog replacement code from the Access 2000 Developers Handbook. Works in Access 2000 through 2003. code36.zip

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