Split Forms: Rich Datasheets
Last week I introduced you to Split Forms, one of the new cool views we have for forms in Access 12. As promised, I'll show you a sample Split Form, but with a cool twist.
When I originally talked about Split Forms, I mentioned how the form part plays a very good role of entering data. However, someone in the Access dev team thought of a very cool way of using Split Forms: use the form part as a header section for the datasheet part. Check out the picture below.
This is what we've fondly called "rich forms", since we're not really using the form part to enter data, but as a header-like section for datasheets, allowing us to add buttons (e.g. email this view, print, etc) and some nice graphics with a title.
Also, what you do not see on the picture above is the splitter between the two parts, which I mentioned last week. We allow the splitter to be shown or not - it's customizable.
Finally, as one more additional customization option, we allow the datasheet part of the Split Form to be read-only, so you can have people only use it to view the data while solely using the form part to enter data.