Properties are used to define the behavior of forms and controls. This topic introduces form and control properties.


Properties are used to define how a control is placed on a form, what field it is related to in the underlying table, and what happens when information is entered into the field. Different types of controls have different sets of properties. For example, a text box usually displays the contents of a database field and has more properties than a picture box.

The form itself also has properties. For example, you can specify whether the form should only be used for displaying information, for inserting new records, or for updating existing records. Properties are defined on the Properties window, which can be edited when the form is opened in Form Designer.