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Introduction to the Access 2013 Form Designer Tool

We provide an introduction to the Form Designer tool, which is included with Access 2013, in a video tutorial titled Form Designer and Interface Model. This video tutorial is one of a total of twenty video tutorials included in a set of specialized training content for SharePoint Server 2013, SharePoint 2013: Enterprise Forms. The author of all of these videos is Darvish Shadravan, a technical specialist and author of several books published by the Microsoft Press.

What’s important about the Form Designer is its manageability. On the one hand, SharePoint administrators need to provide lines of business within an organization with a method of building electronic forms. The best human resources to conceptualize, plan, build and consume these forms, of course, can be found within the lines of business themselves. But these groups usually do not include the level of technical expertise required to successfully build attractive forms, which are also very efficient. So the Form Designer tool, from the presentation included in this short video tutorial, looks to be a good solution to this requirement. Any/all customization of electronic form templates is entirely achievable without any recourse to hard coding. As well, the templates, themselves, are designed to be fool proof. So administrators needn’t fret about how end users will use the tool. There is little they can do to hurt themselves, not to mention SharePoint Server 2013, with this tool.

As Darvish notes, Access 2013, and all of its components, including the Form Designer tool is better integrated with SharePoint Server 2013 than is even the case for InfoPath 2013. So it is a simple, seamless process for a planned form to be branded with the same theme used on the SharePoint 2013 website. All choices, including the specific table to use as a repository for the data collected by the form, are done point and click. The user interface for the tool, broadly speaking, is long on clickable buttons and short on the kind of text boxes potentially threatening for end users.

Ira Michael Blonder

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