About this lesson
Choose and customize themes for forms, animate Command Buttons and define an alternate back color so that rows will display in alternating colors.
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Back Color, Alternate Back Color, and Themes
Alternate Back Color
By defining an Alternate Back Color for a section that is different than the Back Color, rows in that section will display in alternating colors.
The Form Header section has a Back Color property that determines the fill color behind the controls.
The Detail section has Back Color and Alternate Back Color Properties
Decrease Font Size
The shortcut key to decrease the font size of selected text is
Increase Font Size
The shortcut key to increase the font size of selected text is
The Office Theme determines how the ribbon and other common elements will look.
Form Themes define colors, fonts, and sizes. Remember, if you use a font that others who use your application do not have, they will have to be installed. Refer to the Steps section for how to do this.
The colors for your chosen form Theme will be displayed on the Theme Colors palette on the top row. Shades of the color are displayed under each color. Theme Colors change when the Theme is changed.
Standard Colors keep their look even when the theme is changed. Choose More Colors to pick a color from a palette with more colors, set RGB (Red, Green, Blue) values, and change the shade of a color using the shade slider.
Animate Command Buttons
- To animate Command Buttons, set the following properties:
Choose and Customize Themes for Forms
- Choose and Customize Themes for Forms on the DESIGN ribbon of FORM DESIGN TOOLS.
- Change themes
- Customize Fonts
Windows Fonts and Features
- To change the fonts and features available for Windows applications, go to the Control Panel and select Fonts.
- Press Win-X
- Choose Control Panel
- Select Fonts from the Control Panel
- Fonts installed on your system will be displayed
- Click More Options in the upper right to change how you see the information
- To see a list of available fonts, click
and then click additional links, such as:
Fonts available for Windows
- To install a font from a file you have received, select the OTF file from Windows Explorer or My Computer, right-click, and choose Install from the Shortcut menu.
or drag a font file to the C:\Windows\Fonts folder.
- To open the Character Map (CharMap.exe), choose Find a character
or press Win-R to run a program, and type CharMap
- To add features, choose Manage optional features, and click + to Add a feature
Select the feature you want and follow additional directions.