How to Create a Form with the Form Wizard in Microsoft Access

In Brief...

The Form Wizard gives you more control over your results than one-click forms do. The wizard lets you make decisions about certain aspects of a form's design and produces a form based on your instructions. To create a form based on a single table using the Form Wizard, follow these nine steps.

This feature works the same in all modern versions of Microsoft Access: 2010, 2013, and 2016.


  1. On the Create tab in the Forms group, click Form Wizard. The wizard starts.
    Form Wizard

  2. From the Tables/Queries drop-down list, select the table (or query) to base the form on. The fields for the selected table load in the Available Fields list box.

  3. Move the fields to include on the form from the Available Fields list box to the Selected Fields list box. To do so, double-click a field name to move it or highlight the field name and click >. To move all fields at once, click >>.
    Form Wizard

  4. Click Next >.
    Form Wizard

  5. Select the layout for the form. Your options are "Columnar", "Tabular", "Datasheet", and "Justified".

    Tip: Select each of the options to see a preview of the form layout before you make a final selection.

  6. Click Next >.
    Form Wizard

  7. Enter a title for the form.

  8. Select an option for the view you want to open the form in. Your options are:
    • Open the form to view or enter information (opens in Form view).
    • Modify the form's design (opens in Design view).

  9. Click Finish. The form loads in the view you selected.
    Form View
    Design View

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