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Chapter 4. Working with Forms

Chapter 4. Working with Forms

This chapter will get you started working with forms, those database objects that let you input data into your tables and step through your records one at a time. Although you can enter data directly into a table, forms provide an easy-to-use interface for entering information, making it easier to validate data as you enter it (that is, ensure that the data is of the proper type and in the proper format). With forms, you can also view and change existing data.

Your forms can be as simple or as complex as you like. Access has a number of wizards you can use to create basic forms, but you can create them from scratch, too. In either case, you can modify your forms after you've built them.

Forms are made up of controls, or items on your form's background. In its broadest sense, a control is any object in a form or report. When you create a form with a wizard, Access automatically creates controls where you can enter and peruse the data in your tables.

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