Access 2010 FAQ
Why don’t I see any controls on my form in Layout view?
When you open a web or client form in Layout view, you won’t see any controls displayed on the form surface if there are no records in your form’s record source and the form’s Allow Additions, Allow Deletions, and Allow Edits properties are all set to No. To see and edit your form controls on the design surface, you can temporarily add a record to the form’s record source.
Note that you'll see this same behavior if you open a form in Form view as well under the same conditions.
See more tips and tricks like this in my book: Microsoft Access 2010 Inside Out
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