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Chapter 40. Creating and Using Custom Forms > Understanding a Form's Anatomy

Understanding a Form's Anatomy

Unlike Visual Basic or Access forms, where data storage is completely separate from form design, in Outlook form data and design are stored together in each item. In Outlook 97, form data and design were very hard to separate—when you switched to design view in a form, you would see whatever data you had entered onto that item, and then when you saved the form, after making design changes, the data was saved along with the design, so if you made a new item from that saved form, it would have the item's data on it. You had to carefully strip out all the data before saving a form to avoid this problem.

Fortunately, this clumsy workaround is no longer necessary. You can now run a form from design view by dropping down the Form menu and selecting Run This Form, as shown in Figure 40.6, to open a fresh instance of the form, which you can test by entering data as needed. When you close the form instance, none of the data is saved to the form design.


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