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Chapter 9. Designing Forms for Efficient... > Data Entry with ActiveX Controls

Data Entry with ActiveX Controls

The controls that come with the standard Access Toolbox will likely satisfy most of your form needs. However, you might have noticed that some controls that are commonly seen in Windows dialog boxes aren't available in the Access Toolbox. For example, many Windows programs use spin buttons for entering numeric values, whereas others use a “calendar” control to enable users to choose dates via the mouse.

These and many other controls are available on your system as separate components that either come with the default Windows installation or are added to the system when you install Microsoft Office. (Other programs might also add their own controls to the system.) There are dozens of these so-called “ActiveX controls,” although only a few are suitable to be used on an Access form. The next three sections show you how to use three of them: a spin button, a scrollbar, and a calendar control.


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