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Lesson 3Working with Option Groups
ObjectiveUse the Option Group Wizard to create an Option Group Control.
When you have a few options to choose from and want to display them all on the form, you can do so by using an Option Group control
Option Group control
. Controls used with the Option Group control
The Option Group control can work with one of three controls:
  1. Toggle button Toggle button: This control will move you between the choices you make from the option group, with the option chosen suppressed.
  2. Option button Option button: Also known as a radio button, this presents a round button, with the center filled in when an option is chosen.
  3. Checkbox Checkbox: Just as it sounds, a checkmark is placed in the option chosen.

All these controls are found in the Form and Report Design toolboxes. They can be used with the Option Group control and by themselves as well.

Using the wizard
Although you can add an Option Group control by simply dragging it from the toolbox, it is a good idea to let the Option Group Wizard walk you through.
To illustrate how to use the wizard, the following simulation starts with the first page of the Option Group Wizard. The way to get to this wizard is to insert an Option Group control on a form, with the Wizards button Wizards button toggled to On.
The following simulation will have you fill in a group of option buttons, each labeled with the various consulting types.
Working With Option Group Wizard

This is another way of displaying information and letting the user pick from a specific group of data. Using a combo box or list box gives more flexibility, however, because you would have to modify the Option Group control to add another choice, and with combo boxes you just add the choice to the row source.
In the next lesson, you will learn how to create a Subform control to display data from a related table.
Option Group Controls-Quiz
Click the Quiz link below to answer a few questions about working with Combo Box and List Box controls, as well as Option Group controls.
Option Group Controls-Quiz