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Chapter 7. Exploring Objects > Defining Objects

Defining Objects

A search for a definition of object can yield anything from “data with an attitude” to “something someone at Microsoft thought up to sell more programming languages.” Objects are compared to everything from black boxes to animals. You can’t say that objects are anything you can click, because objects are not always visible. But you can generally say that an object is any autonomous (self-contained) program component that can be selected and modified either directly by the user or indirectly through programming. In Access, an object represents an element of an application, such as a table, query, form, report, macro, module, or control.

Access uses hundreds of objects of various types. Some types (such as forms, reports, controls, and modules) can be clicked and modified. These objects display the data available in the database. Others are used to retrieve, store, and modify the data itself. Still others facilitate writing code in VBA, which is a subset of Visual Basic. You can even create custom objects that represent real-life people, places, and things.


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