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Microsoft® Office Access™ 2007 Plain & Simple by Curtis D. Frye

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Creating Input Masks

Databases are only as good as the data they hold, so it’s important that you and your colleagues enter data correctly. You can guide data entry in text and date fields by creating an input mask, which gives you a template to follow when entering data in a field. For example, if your company’s product codes follow a particular pattern, you can establish that pattern by using an input mask, ensuring that you and your colleagues enter the right sort of data into the field.

Define an Input Mask

  1. Open a table in Design view.

  2. Click the ...

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