Adding Form Records

In Access XP adding form records may seem confusing at first. This free lesson offers step-by-step instructions.

Opening forms in the contact management database

Forms can be opened several ways in the contact management database. When the contact management database is first opened, a main switchboard of menu items is automatically displayed. A form can also be displayed by opening it from the Forms object.

If a table has been defined to a database, it does not matter whether records are inputted into the table using Datasheet view or through the data entry form discussed in this lesson. Both methods update the same table.

To open a form from the forms object:

  • Open the contact management database.
  • In the database window, click the Forms tab from the Objects palette.

    Forms Selection on Objects Palette
  • In the right white pane, double-click the Contacts form.

  • Click once on the Contacts form and click Open.


  • Right-click the Contacts form and select Open from the shortcut menu.

    Contacts Form Selection