The field that the user inputs there search criteria, is this a global field? or a field in another table.
If it is a global then you could place that field at the top of your layout, or if not, alternatively setup a global field and populate it with the value of the search criteria when performing the search if it is scripted.
You have the choice of placing the field as a field on the layout and removing the ability to enter in Browse Mode, in Layout Mode go: Format > Field/Control > Behavior...
Or you could place the field on the layout as a Merge Field by going Insert > Merger Field... in Layout Mode and selecting your global field.
I hope this helps.
cheers mate still learning the prog didnt know about global fiels and how they worked, very handy, thanks again
No worries, do post if you need any additional help in setting this up.