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Chapter 44. Designing and Using Forms > Using Forms to View and Enter Data

Using Forms to View and Enter Data

In Access, a form is a formatted database object, generally used to display one record at a time in an onscreen window. Forms are most commonly used to create convenient fill-in-the-blanks data entry windows; in this case, you use a table (page 936) or query (page 936) as the data source for the form.

A well-designed form makes data entry easier and more accurate. If you want other people to enter data into a database, for example, it's unrealistic to expect them to work directly with each table in Datasheet view; instead, you can create a form that displays only the fields you want them to work with, drawn from several related tables. By carefully arranging the areas for data input and providing explanatory text, you can guide the user through the data entry process.


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