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  • Before you begin: Students should be familiar with datasheets, or complete these related training presentations: “Datasheets I: Create a table by entering data,” and “Datasheets II: Sum, sort, filter, and find your data.” The Quick Reference Card that’s linked at the end of this course also has pointers to more information about datasheets. [ Note to trainer : For detailed help in customizing this template, see the very last slide. Also, look for additional lesson text in the notes pane of some slides.]

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  • Microsoft ® Office Access ® 2007 Training Datasheets III: Make data easier to read by formatting columns and rows Jim Taliaferro Community Mental Health Center
  • Course contents
    • Overview: Data clarity
    • Lesson: Make your data easier to read
    Datasheets III: Make data easier to read by formatting columns and rows The lesson includes a list of suggested tasks and a set of test questions.
  • Overview: Data clarity Datasheets III: Make data easier to read by formatting columns and rows A datasheet is a grid of rows and columns that displays the information in your database tables. Access 2007 makes it easy and fast to organize and format your datasheets. You can move and hide columns, and change the look and feel of your data with just a few mouse clicks. Organizing and formatting data makes it easier to read and understand and can help the people who use your database get more done.
  • Course goals
    • Organize your data by moving, hiding, and resizing the columns in a datasheet.
    • Make your data easier to read by formatting it — changing the gridline style and background color, changing the format of the text, and resizing the rows in a datasheet.
    Datasheets III: Make data easier to read by formatting columns and rows
  • Lesson Make your data easier to read
  • Make your data easier to read Datasheets III: Make data easier to read by formatting columns and rows Your coworkers like the database you’ve created, but they have a complaint — the data seems a bit disorganized. You learn that they don’t need to see all the columns of data, and they’d like some of those columns to be in a different order. What’s more, they’d like you to make each row of data easier to scan, if that’s possible. Not a problem. You can make those changes quickly and easily.
  • Move columns Datasheets III: Make data easier to read by formatting columns and rows You can move the columns in a datasheet whenever you need to organize your data. For instance, you may want to move a column to the left side of your datasheet so that it’s always visible and easy to find.
  • Move columns Datasheets III: Make data easier to read by formatting columns and rows You move one or more columns by dragging them; the picture shows the process. To move a single column, just click the column header, then click the header again and drag the column to its new location. A vertical black line tells you where the column will go when you drop it.
  • Move columns Datasheets III: Make data easier to read by formatting columns and rows You move one or more columns by dragging them; the picture shows the process. To move several columns, click a column header, press SHIFT, click the headers of the other columns, and then drag the selected columns to their new location. Keep in mind that the columns must be next to each other.
  • Hide or show columns Datasheets III: Make data easier to read by formatting columns and rows Now you need to hide the columns that users don’t need to see. Hiding doesn’t remove any data from your table, and you can restore hidden columns at any time. To hide a column, click the column header and click Hide Columns . Or....
  • Hide or show columns Datasheets III: Make data easier to read by formatting columns and rows Now you need to hide the columns that users don’t need to see. Hiding doesn’t remove any data from your table, and you can restore hidden columns at any time. You can hide multiple columns, as long as they’re next to each other. Click a column header, press SHIFT, select the other column headers you want to hide, then right-click any of the selected headers and click Hide Columns .
  • Hide or show columns Datasheets III: Make data easier to read by formatting columns and rows Now you need to hide the columns that users don’t need to see. Hiding doesn’t remove any data from your table, and you can restore hidden columns at any time. To show hidden columns, right-click any column header and click Unhide Columns . That opens the Unhide Columns dialog box, where you... Select the check box next to each column that you want to show, and then click Close .
  • Resize one or more columns Datasheets III: Make data easier to read by formatting columns and rows If some of the fields in your datasheet contain a lot of text, some of that text may be cut off so that you can’t see it all. When that happens, you can resize the column to make it more readable. You can resize one or more columns manually or automatically.
  • Resize one or more columns Datasheets III: Make data easier to read by formatting columns and rows The figure shows the process. To resize a single column, position the mouse pointer at the right edge of the column header until the pointer changes to a double-headed arrow , then drag the header.
  • Resize one or more columns Datasheets III: Make data easier to read by formatting columns and rows The figure shows the process. To resize more than one column, click a column header, press SHIFT, select the other column headers, and then drag any one of the selected headers. When you use this technique, all the selected columns become the same width.
  • Change the text format Datasheets III: Make data easier to read by formatting columns and rows Your coworkers like what you’ve done, but remind you that the company uses a standard font and font size. No problem. On the Home tab, in the Font group, click the arrow next to the font list and select a font. To change the font size, click the arrow next to the Font Size list and select a value. You can also enter a value manually.
  • Change the text format Datasheets III: Make data easier to read by formatting columns and rows Your coworkers like what you’ve done, but remind you that the company uses a standard font and font size. No problem. To change the font style, click any combination of Bold , Italic , or Underline . To change the font color, click the arrow next to the Font Color button, and then select a color from the palette.
  • Change row height Datasheets III: Make data easier to read by formatting columns and rows After you change the font, you realize it’s taller than the original type face. You can make the text easier to read by making the rows in your datasheets taller. Point at the top or bottom edge of a record selector — the box at the left edge of your datasheet — until the pointer becomes a double-headed arrow . Then drag the record selector up or down.
  • Change row height Datasheets III: Make data easier to read by formatting columns and rows After you change the font, you realize it’s taller than the original type face. You can make the text easier to read by making the rows in your datasheets taller. To restore the rows to their default height, right-click a record selector and click Row Height , and then... In the Row Height dialog box, select Standard Height and click OK .
  • Hide gridlines, change the color of alternate rows Datasheets III: Make data easier to read by formatting columns and rows The last thing your coworkers ask for is to make the data easier to scan. They suggest hiding vertical gridlines and changing the color of alternate rows. To hide the gridlines, go to the Home tab, and in the Font group click the arrow next to the Gridlines button, and then click the style that you want to use.
  • Hide gridlines, change the color of alternate rows Datasheets III: Make data easier to read by formatting columns and rows The last thing your coworkers ask for is to make the data easier to scan. They suggest hiding vertical gridlines and changing the color of alternate rows. It’s just as easy to set the background color for alternate rows. On the Home tab, in the Font group, click the arrow next to the Alternate Fill/Back Color button. Then select a color.
  • Hide gridlines, change the color of alternate rows Datasheets III: Make data easier to read by formatting columns and rows The last thing your coworkers ask for is to make the data easier to scan. They suggest hiding vertical gridlines and changing the color of alternate rows. You can see your results right away. Feel free to experiment with these settings. You can always undo them, and changing them won’t hurt your data.
  • Suggestions for practice
    • Move a column.
    • Hide columns.
    • Show hidden columns.
    • Resize a column manually; resize multiple columns manually.
    • Format text.
    • Change row height manually; set a specific row height.
    • Change gridlines and alternate row colors.
    Datasheets III: Make data easier to read by formatting columns and rows Online practice (requires Access 2007)
  • Test question 1
    • Automatic resizing changes the column width to show all the data in each field. (Pick one answer.)
    Datasheets III: Make data easier to read by formatting columns and rows
    • True.
    • False.
  • Test question 1: Answer
    • True.
    Datasheets III: Make data easier to read by formatting columns and rows Automatic resizing shows the largest record in the column.
  • Test question 2
    • How do you move a column? (Pick one answer.)
    Datasheets III: Make data easier to read by formatting columns and rows
    • Click anywhere in the column and drag the column to its new location.
    • Click the column header, then click again and drag to the new location.
    • Click the left or right edge of the column and drag it to its new location.
  • Test question 2: Answer
    • Click the column header, then click again and drag to the new location.
    Datasheets III: Make data easier to read by formatting columns and rows You can only move a column by dragging and dropping the header.
  • Test question 3
    • How do you hide a column? (Pick one answer.)
    Datasheets III: Make data easier to read by formatting columns and rows
    • Select and right-click a cell, then click Hide Columns .
    • Click the column header, and on the Datasheet tab, in the Fields & Columns group, click Hide .
    • Right-click the column header and click Hide Columns .
  • Test question 3: Answer
    • Right-click the column header and click Hide Columns .
    Datasheets III: Make data easier to read by formatting columns and rows You can select one or more columns, as long as they’re all next to each other.