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1. Core Access > 10. Find Database Objects in a Snap

Find Database Objects in a Snap

Use the description property to prevent users from being overwhelmed by sifting through cryptic-sounding forms, queries, and reports.

Many of us follow naming conventions when creating database objects. Among the developer community, we have come to recognize and take for granted that tbl, frm, rpt, and other prefixes are part and parcel of our work. For example, tblStaff is a table, frmAdmin is a form, and rptContacts is a report.

However, when you complete a database with several objects that are named in this way, it’s a challenge to the average database user to understand the names. Figure 1-21 shows a perfect example of a database with several forms.

There is a way to resolve this dilemma, and it doesn’t mean developers have to change their naming habits. All database objects can be given a description. The best thing is that you can enter descriptions for objects directly in the database window without having to open an object in Design mode.


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