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Chapter 14. Printing Basic Reports and M... > Understanding the Relationship Betwe...

Understanding the Relationship Between Forms and Reports

The final product of most database applications is a report. Access combines data in tables, queries, and even forms to produce a report that you can print and distribute to people who need or request it. Some reports consist of a single page, such as an order acknowledgment, invoice, graph, or chart. Multipage Access reports— typified by catalogs, general ledgers, and financial statements—are more common than the single-page variety. Most multipage reports are analagous to a continuous form that's been optimized for printing.

Most methods of creating Access forms, which you learn about in Chapter 12, "Creating and Using Forms," and Chapter 13, "Designing Custom Multitable Forms," also apply to reports. The following list details the principal differences between reports and forms:


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