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Chapter 44. Designing and Using Forms > Secrets of the Office Masters: Switchbo...

Secrets of the Office Masters: Switchboard Secrets

Forms aren't just for data entry. One of the most valuable types of forms you can create is a switchboard—a special-purpose form that consists of command buttons that in turn launch other forms and reports. Switchboards take a lot of the guesswork out of using a database; instead of forcing the user to open forms and reports from the database window, you can use explanatory text and menus on the switchboard form to manage all these tasks.

Access 2000 includes a utility called the Switchboard Manager that makes it easy to create and edit your own switchboard for any database. To get started, choose Tools, Database Utilities, Switchboard Manager. If the current database includes a switchboard form, this command opens it for editing; otherwise, Access offers to create a new switchboard for you.


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