Layout of the Form Editor

The Form Editor design tools are identified in the following image.

Form Editor layout image

The following are the main components of the Form Editor:


Is your main working area. What you place here is what appears on the form end users see.

Controls palette

Contains the controls you can place on your form, such as text, radio buttons, check boxes, and so on.

Property sheet

Displays a list of properties for the form or selected control. Properties determine what the form and controls look like and how they behave at run time.


Helps your position controls on a form by displaying inch markings at the top and left of the form.


Determines a border area around the outside edge of your form where you cannot place controls.

Layout toolbar

Contains commands that manipulate forms and controls on a form.

Notice also that the menu bar has a new menu, the Layout menu.