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10. Multiuser Applications > 10.4. Send Messages to Other Users Without Using E...

10.4. Send Messages to Other Users Without Using Email

Problem

When you have multiple users logged into your application, you want them to be able to communicate quickly and easily with one another. You need a simple interface for sending notes back and forth so users can check whether anyone else is editing a particular entry, compare notes on workflow, and so on. How can you implement this in Access?

Solution

You can keep your notes in a table in a shared database to which all users have access. Whenever someone writes a note to another user, that note is added as another record in this table. By using a form that makes use of the Timer event, you can monitor the status of this table from any Access application and notify users when new messages have arrived.


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