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Completing Your Database Application 5. Set the other startup properties as required. 493 Adding a Smart Tag to a Control or a Field A smart tag is a feature that recognizes specific data or the context in which a user is working and then provides links to related actions and information. For example, you can associate a smart tag with a name field, and the smart tag's actions let you create an e-mail message addressed to the individual or set up a meeting in Microsoft Outlook. Smart tags can save you time and trouble. Fields in a table or a query, as well as controls on a form, report, or data access page, have a Smart Tags property that you can set to display a relevant smart tag. Access comes with several types of smart tags that have been developed by Microsoft, including smart tags that respond to a person's name, a date, or a financial symbol (the abbreviation you see on a stock ticker). In the following steps, we'll add a smart tag to the AssignedTo control on the Tasks form. The smart tag's actions let us send an e-mail message to the person assigned to the task, schedule a meeting to check on the status of the task, and so on. Set the Smart Tags property for a control 1. 2. 3. In the Database window, select the Tasks form, and then click Design. Right-click the AssignedTo combo box, and then click Properties. On the Data tab of the Properties dialog box, click in the Smart Tags property box, and then click the Build button. You'll see the Smart Tags dialog box, shown here: 4. In the Available Smart Tags list, select Person Name. As you see here, the list of actions for this smart tag is displayed at the bottom of the dialog box: