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Chapter 11. Customizing Your Tables > Setting Field Properties

Setting Field Properties

Although only nine data types are available in Access, each data type can be customized in many ways. This customization is done through properties. This is the first time we’ve formally discussed properties in this book, so we’ll explore the concept a bit further.

Saying that a data field is a text field, number field, or hyperlink field is a bit like saying that a piece of food is a fruit, vegetable, or meat. When you know that there’s a fruit on the menu, you know something about the meal—but there are still many possibilities. The fruit might be a grape, watermelon, tangerine, or nectarine. If I tell you the fruit is red, you can narrow the possibilities a bit. If you know it’s red, sweet, juicy, and about the size of a marble, you might properly guess that the fruit is a cherry.


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