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Chapter 3. Managing the Consistency, For... > The Format Property - Pg. 96

Managing the Consistency, Format, and Integrity of Your Data 96 5. Switch back to Design view, remove the > from the property box, and then save the table again. Data doesn't appear in the format you specify in the Format property until the data is saved. Remember that the Format property doesn't control the format in which data is entered; it controls how data is displayed. An input mask ensures that data will fit a format you define, and you can specify the kind of values that can be entered. If you want to display data exactly as you enter it, you should use the Format property in addition to an input mask. If you're concerned less about the form in which a date is entered but still want dates to appear con-