How to Center a Form Using Microsoft Access


Changing the format of your Microsoft Access forms allow you to use them more efficiently. Microsoft Access contains many features to customize your database, providing options for opening and displaying your forms. Instead of appearing randomly around the screen, you can organize your pop-up forms to automatically center when you open the form. This allows you to anticipate where the form will load, which increases speed while using the database.

  • Right-click the form title in the navigation pane and click "Design View." This opens the form in a mode that allows you to make changes to the content and layout. If you don't see the Microsoft ribbon at the top of the page, right-click the dark blue line and click "Minimize Ribbon" to open it.

  • Click the "Property Sheet" button of the ribbon and click "Form" from the "Selection Type" drop-down box. This allows you to make changes to the entire form. Click the "All" tab and click "Yes" in the "Auto Center" drop-down box.

  • Click "Yes" in the pop-up drop-down box as well. Since the auto center tool only works for forms that pop up, this needs to be activated for the form to center on the screen. Otherwise, the form will be left-justified in a tabbed layout.

  • Click the "Home" tab of the ribbon, and press the "View" button and click "Form View" to review the form. Press "Ctrl" plus "S" or click on the "File" tab and press the "Save" button to save your work.

Tips & Warnings

  • Click "Yes" in the "Modal" drop-down box if you want to keep the form on top of other objects until it's closed.

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