Access 2010 - What's the difference between layout View and Design View

Posted on 2011-10-13
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Layout View seems to be design view with actual data.
What are the advantages/disadvantages to using design view versus layout view?
Question by:brothertruffle880
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    The article is concise enough.
    Layout view was new to Access 2007.
    That view is not something that you MUST use for anything.
    It's one advantage is that you can see live data inside your controls.

    I personally don't use layout view or report view for anything.
    They were introduced--but I really couldn't see the point of them, since VBA events don't necessarily work the way they will in Form/Report view.

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    by:Jeffrey Coachman
    As you stated:
    <Layout View seems to be design view with actual data.>
    So, you can change the design and see how the data will actually look like

    For simple forms (IMHO) this is not really needed, (see Nick's post above) because the form in layout view will be pretty much the same as the form in Form view.

    On the other hand, for *Reports* this view may have some merit; because the report will probably look a bit different than what you see in design view (because of Grouping, page breaks, Headers/Footers ...etc

    But like Nick, I almost never use this view.

    In fact, you can turn off this view (Layout View) in the database options...


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