How to Create a Navigation Form in Microsoft Access
Make the user experience with an application as streamlined as possible by creating a navigation form that presents the main functions of a database in a straightforward and logical way.
This feature works the same in all modern versions of Microsoft Access: 2010, 2013, and 2016.
- Open the database.
- On the Create tab in the Forms group, click Navigation.
- Select the layout you prefer from the drop-down list. For this example, we'll select "Vertical Tabs, Left". The form is added to the work surface in Layout view.
- Staying in Layout mode, drag and drop a form or report from the Navigation Pane onto the [Add New] button. A navigation button is added and the report or form loads in the view area of the form.
- Repeat the last step for each form or report you want to access from the navigation form.
- Change the caption at the top of the form by double-clicking in the text area, selecting the current text, and overwriting it.
- Change the caption on the form tab by right-clicking in the heading area and selecting Form Properties from the shortcut menu. On the Property Sheet in the Caption field, type a new caption.
- Preview the form in Form view. Notice how clicking the buttons changes the contents of the view area.