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Hands-On Microsoft Access: A Practical Guide to Improving Your Access Skills by Bob Schneider

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How Form Controls Inherit Field Characteristics

Before I discuss any data-entry techniques, I want to focus on how controls in forms inherit field characteristics—including field name, data type, and other field properties—from the underlying table. This will give you a much better understanding of why the controls in forms look and act the way they do.

The object on the left in Figure 6.3 is a simple (and unrealistic) table in Design view that has a single field for each data type. For illustrative purposes only, I named each field to match the data type (as discussed in Chapter 5, some of these names are “reserved” words that should not be used for fields). The object on the right is a yet-to-be used AutoForm based on the table (you can quickly ...

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