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Print Full or Partial Sheet of Same Labels
Print One or More Labels for One or More Clients (Records)
Multiple copies of 1(one) Report using a Cartesian Query
Keep Main Report/Subreport Records Together
Add your Report Name to Page Footer
Don't open Report if No Data
Multicolumn Report with Images
Add *Continued...* to a Multicolumn Report
Filtering Reports
Ranking Reports Using Shapes
Print Constant Number of Lines (or Add a Constant Number of Lines)
Custom Page Header
Send Report (or Labels) to Specific Printer
Data Models
Templates (for project management)
Restaurant Reservations
Property (or Rental) Management
Jobs (aka: Work Orders, Projects)
Training with Attendance
Products (Shoes and Clothing)
Clubs (or Associations)
Purchase Orders with Inventory
Hotel Bookings
Real Estate
Grocery List Maker
Recipes with Grocery List Maker
Parking Lot
Appointments (i.e. Salon)
Damage Investigations
Call Center
Tour Agency
Training (with Curriculum)
My Naming Conventions
Where are the Options?
Options for Current Database
Object Designers
Trusted Locations
Repair (or Remove) MISSING or Broken References
Export Specifications
Import Specifications
Navigation Pane Options
Setting up a Model Database
Default Buttons and Legend
Set Subdatasheet to [None] (for Access 2003 and higher)
My Database Standards
So you're ready to Upsize
Circular Reference (well, kind of)
Creating a Settings table
Not_In_List Events
Help (Show Help and/or Tips in your Database)
Handling Attachments
Database Design Tips
Creating a Multi-Value field using Alphabet
Copy Fields Down from above Record
Loop thru Recordset and OutPutTo separate .RTF or .PDF
Modified Spell Check
Code Snippets
Create a Custom ID
Add a custom Record Count
Limit the amount of Records that can be entered in a Continuous Form
Change Control Source of Combo Box based on previous Combo Box
Sort Records using Labels
Traffic Light changes colors based on conditions
Loop while renumbering 2(two) Columns
Create a Table with Dynamic Field Names
Snippets for Exporting to Excel
Selecting an Excel Worksheet from Access
Add a Filter to Specific Columns
Make Columns AutoFit to the Values Inserted
After Exporting to a Template Rename to Excel Workbook
Copy/Paste Cell Values, such as, Formulas
Make sure Column maintains its Date/Time Format even after Export
Insert a Worksheet from One Workbook into Another Workbook
Set the Vertical Axis
Add Image (Logo) to the Worksheet
Log Field Changes
Log Record Deletions
Check for Duplicate Values
Send eMail to Multiple Recipients (using DoCmd.SendObject)
Update Database Frontends
Confirm Record Count after Excel Import
Excel Manipulation from Access
Exporting clickable Hyperlinks
Another (Blog) post Sequential Numbering
Combining Fields
Count Characters
Cancel Save in a Bound Form
Automatically send eMail Notifications
Looping Records to Send eMail
Check if Table Exists
Insert (or Remove) Blank Line
Query Joins
Using Parameters in a Crosstab Query
Action Query Errors
OrderBy OR Order By
Memo field is truncated when exported to Excel
Append and/or Update Data to Table Created Dynamically
To Few Parameters Expected n
Command Line Switches
Customize the Quick Access Toolbar
Customize Toolbox Controls
Access Specifications
Database Folder Set-Up
Move Selection Up/Down in a List Box
Add Image and Text to Toggle Buttons
Option Groups
List Box Simulated
Access World Forum My favorite since the NNTP's went away!
Microsoft© Answers Forum
Microsoft© Access for Developers
Google Groups ~ MS Access
Utter Access
Yahoo! Groups ~ MS Access Professionals
Eileen's Lounge
Simple Bar Chart using Shapes
Switch Windows (for Access 2007 and above)
Let your Client customize the form labels
Linking Subforms to an Unbound Control(s) on Main (Parent) Form
Customize your Main Menu or Switchboard
Auto-Add new child records when adding new record on Main Form
Simulate a Drop Down box (not a Combo Box) as seen on Web Pages
Implement a Log-On form to control what the User sees
Make Controls resize with a form
Sort using Labels
Custom Navigation Buttons
Custom Record Count
Assign *Permissions* based on Users Levels
New User Form
Add Logo to Forms and/or Reports
Conditional Row Shading on a Continuous Form
Highlight Current Record
Navigate a Continuous Form like Excel
Filtering with Forms
Splash Screen with Progress Bar
Appointment Collision Check
Add *Favorites* to a Continuous Form
Custom Record Selectors
Searching Records
Combo or Text Box
Combo Box with a Text Box
Command Button with Combo and Text Boxes
Search Form
Drill Down (for Continuous Forms)
Highlight Required Controls (End-User Defined)
Data Models