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16. Smart Tags > 16.2. Display Multiple Smart Tags on Multiple Forms

16.2. Display Multiple Smart Tags on Multiple Forms

Problem

I have a table in my database that is used for many forms. I’d like to use the Person Name smart tag as well as the Date smart tag on the LastName field. I have already created the forms. How can I create multiple smart tags on LastName without having to create them separately on each form?

Solution

It’s understandable that you might want to use the Date smart tag in conjunction with the Person smart tag. Fortunately, Access easily supports assigning multiple smart tags to a control on a form or a field in a table.

You can take two actions with the built-in Date smart tag:

  • Schedule a meeting.

  • Display your calendar.

If you create a smart tag on a field in a table, then any forms you create subsequently will inherit the smart tag. The documentation states that previously existing forms will not inherit a smart tag created on a table field if the smart tag is created after the forms. However, the help file was apparently written before additional functionality was added that does allow for forms to inherit smart tags, as you’ll see in this recipe.


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