A picture is a graphical object that can be used
either as the background of a form or report or can be positioned on top
of a database object. Before using such a picture, you should prepare it
or at least have it handy.
To use a picture as the background of a form or
report, in Design View, open the Properties window of the form or report.
In the Format tab, click the Picture field to reveal its ellipsis button.
Then use that button to locate and retrieve the picture. Once added to the
form or report, you can use some other properties to specify how the
picture would be displayed.
You may have realized that when you add pictures to a
form, the database grows tremendously. This is because Microsoft Access in
fact "puts" or "embeds" the picture in the form. An
alternative to this is to only create a link to the picture. To specify
this, you can use the Picture Type property whose values are Embedded
The Picture Size Mode property specifies
whether the picture should be kept "as is", in which case you
would select or keep the default Clip value. If you set it to Stretch,
the picture would be expanded to accommodate its form or report. If you
select Zoom, the picture would be zoomed
The Picture Alignment property specifies how
the picture would be "glued" with respect to its host. Its
options, Top Left, Top Right, Center, Bottom Left,
and Bottom Right, are really self explanatory.
When you add a picture to a form or report, a single
copy of that picture is used. If the picture is smaller than its host, it
would use only the area in which it fits. This can make it appear weird
especially depending on the value you select for the Picture Size Mode
and the Picture Alignment properties. If the picture is small, you
can use the Picture Tiling property to make "repeat"
itself throughout the area in which it is used.
If you are adding the picture to a report, you can
make it available only to the first page or to all pages. This option is
set using the Picture Pages property. Of course, it is available only for