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Introduction

Forms allow a database designer to create a user-friendly method of data entry in Microsoft Office Access 2003. Instead of entering records in the grid of rows and columns in Datasheet view, you can use a form that can represent a paper form. Such a form can minimize data-entry errors because it closely resembles the paper-based form containing the information you want to enter in your table. A form can include fields from multiple tables, so you don't have to switch from one table to another when entering data.

If your table contains fields that include graphics, documents, or objects from other programs, you can see the actual objects in Form view. (In Datasheet view, the object is identified with text or with an icon.) To make it even easier to enter and maintain data, you can also include instructions and guidance on the form so that a user of the form knows how to complete it. You can add borders and graphics to the form to enhance its appearance.


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