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

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Learning How to Create Reports

The Report Wizard reminds me of my mother's old dishwasher. Overall, it was easy to use and the dishes got clean. But occasionally a washed glass had a bit of film on it.

The Report Wizard is similarly effective and inconsistent. Compared with most other Access objects, reports are difficult to create. Unless you're simply displaying a few fields, building them from scratch is a headache. The gloriously efficient Report Wizard is thus a most welcome tool.

But even when the wizard is at its best, its reports are a little, well, scruffy. They require some tinkering—a wider text box here, a larger font there—to get them in shape.

The main problem with the Report Wizard is not these small imperfections, though. As with ...

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