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Chapter 15. Designing Custom Multitable Forms > Adding Combo and List Boxes

Adding Combo and List Boxes

Combo and list boxes both serve the same basic purpose by letting you pick a value from a list, rather than type the value in a text box. These two kinds of lists are especially useful when you need to enter a code that represents the name of a person, firm, or product. You don’t need to refer to a paper list of the codes and names to make the entry. The following list describes the differences between combo and list boxes:

  • Combo boxes consume less space than list boxes in the form, but you must open these controls to select a value. You can allow the user to enter a value in the text box element of the drop-down combo list or limit the selection to just the members in the drop-down list. If you limit the choice to members of the drop-down list (sometimes called a pick list), the user can still use the text box to type the beginning of the list value—Access searches for a matching entry. This feature reduces the time needed to locate a choice in a long list.

  • List boxes don’t need to be opened to display their content; the portion of the list that fits within the size of the list box you assign is visible at all times. Your choice is limited to values included in the list.


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