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

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Adding Pictures and Other Objects

You can insert objects such as bitmap images, Excel spreadsheets, and Word documents into Access forms and reports. There are three important questions to consider:

  • Should the control into which the object is inserted be bound or unbound?

  • If the control is unbound, should you use an Image control or an Unbound Object Frame?

  • Should the object be embedded or linked?

Significantly, both bound and unbound controls can be either embedded or linked. Given the various options of bound versus unbound, image control versus unbound object frame, and embedding versus linking, you might confront a sufficiently complex matrix of choices when attempting to answer all three questions that you might need some help.

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