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Creating a Switchboard by Using Switchboard Manager

A switchboard appears as a hierarchy of pages containing buttons that the user can click to open additional pages, display dialog boxes, present forms for viewing and entering data, preview and print reports, and initiate other activities. For example, salespeople for The Garden Company might use a switchboard to display a form to quickly enter orders or add new customers.

You can create switchboards by hand or with the help of Switchboard Manager. A switchboard created by hand is made up of multiple forms (pages) of your own design that are linked together by macros and Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) code. A switchboard created with Switchboard Manager consists of a Switchboard Items table and one generic form containing eight hidden buttons. You can use Design view to change the location of buttons and add other visual elements (such as pictures), but unlike a switchboard created by hand, you can change the number of active buttons and the action that is performed when each button is clicked only by editing information in the Switchboard Items table.


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