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Tanya Armstrong     
Today 10:56 am
Hi Richard,

I came across an issue today. You may have addressed it in one of your classes but I haven't seen it yet (currently at Expert Class 3).

I made a table for a combobox. The field includes both letters and numbers, field type short text for now. This list contains sections of our vault so we can locate inventory, so they are simple like 1A, 1B, 1C - 11A, 11B, 11C. The sort goes wonky when we reach 10, but because there are letters, I can't change to a number type and because they are locations if I add leading 0s, it might confuse staff looking for things. Read More...
Richard Rost    
Today 10:57 am
Not an easy one. The easy one is 01A, 01B, 02A, etc. You could separate the�value into two fields in your database for data ENTRY which would make sorting work the way you want, but then concatenate the fields and print them (show them on the screen) without the leading zero.
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Statistics Link 
Jan Holm     
Today 9:49 am
Is there a way to do statistics on a form. E.g. how many queries to the database is used, etc.

Jan Holm
Richard Rost    
Today 10:39 am
You can add whatever statistics to a form that you want. I put "total daily sales" on my main menu which is updated every minute so I can see what the status is. It's a simple DSUM that runs in my Timer event.

DailySales = DSUM("OrderTotal","OrderT","OrderDate=#" & Date() & "#")

Using DSUM, DLOOKUP, and DCOUNT you can pull up any stored values you want in your database.
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Upcoming Projects Link 
Richard Rost     
Tue 7/7
Here's what's coming up soon...


I'm continuing to work on Access Developer 14 today. I was hoping to release the next lesson last week, but I had an emergency problem on the web site that took me 3 days to fix and set me back. In any case, look for that soon. If you're interested in joining the class as we build the POS system, here's a link: Access Developer 14 Read More...
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Get Rid of Tabs Link 
Shawn Hicks   
Mon 7/6
I created a database for our Animal Control.  Everything was working fine until I changed up my form and started using tabs.  In the owner and animal tabs, I have a drop down where user I can select the owner and animal, and then it populates the fields within the tab.  It worked fine until I moved the fields to the tabs.  Now they won't populate.  Is there another code I should use, instead of "ME", when working within tabs?
Richard Rost    
Mon 7/6
I really hate tabs. Can't stand them. I even say so in my Beginner and Expert classes numerous times: DON'T USE TABS! Why? When you start getting into more advanced stuff, like you're finding out, they become a nightmare to work with. I'd rather have multiple smaller forms, or have to scroll, than to use tabs. But, generally, if you drop a field, let's say FieldA in a tab, then it should behave like the rest of the controls on the form. Should. But sometimes it doesn't. Good luck! What's your code that does the populating?
Shawn Hicks  
Mon 7/6
I must have missed that.  I was considering going back to just the form.  Here's the code for owner and animal:
Private Sub OwnerID_Change()
Me.LastName.Value = Me.OwnerID.Column(1)
Me.FirstName.Value = Me.OwnerID.Column(2)
Me.Address.Value = Me.OwnerID.Column(3)
Me.City.Value = Me.OwnerID.Column(4)
Me.State.Value = Me.OwnerID.Column(5)
Me.Zip.Value = Me.OwnerID.Column(6)
Me.Phone.Value = Me.OwnerID.Column(7)

End Sub

Private Sub AnimalID_Change()
Me.AnimalType.Value = Me.AnimalID.Column(1)
Me.OtherType.Value = Me.AnimalID.Column(2)
Me.PrimaryBreed.Value = Me.AnimalID.Column(3)
Me.SecondaryBreed.Value = Me.AnimalID.Column(4)
Me.PrimaryColor.Value = Me.AnimalID.Column(5)
Me.SecondaryColor.Value = Me.AnimalID.Column(6)
Me.Sex.Value = Me.AnimalID.Column(7)
Me.SpayNeut.Value = Me.AnimalID.Column(8)
Me.AniName.Value = Me.AnimalID.Column(9)
Me.DateofBirth.Value = Me.AnimalID.Column(10)
Me.Age.Value = Me.AnimalID.Column(11)

End Sub
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Splitting Names Link 
Shelagh Fagan     
Mon 7/6
My issue is about a default value in a table. I have a lastname,firstname field that I need to split. I have the RIGHT/LEFT/INTRS coe strings and I have used them sucessfully in a form. They enter lastname,firstname and the first name & last name appear in their boxes on the form totally correctly. But I realized that I really need to do this in the ARTIST TABLE. The combined field is called FullNameSQ. So I put in the relevant field  the exact expressions I used for the form fields & it says "can't find FullNameSQ". So I tried [T_Artist]![FullNameSQ]. Doesn't like this either. Why doesn't this work? Its an existing field in the table. When we enter a new record ( either directly or via the form) I want the First Name and Last Name fields to populate automatically. Then I don't need the expressions on the form.
Richard Rost    
Mon 7/6
So you're able to successfully split a FullName field into FirstName and LastName using form text boxes? OK. Now just create FirstName and LastName fields and bind text boxes to the appropriate fields.
Shelagh Fagan    
Today 10:50 am
Sounds good. But when I have the expression ( RIGHT......) in the Control Source of the form field, it does not place any value in the table field. It does display the field on the form. I tried putting the table field as the Control Source and the expression in the default value and that did not display or save in table.
I have been able to add calculated fields to the table * using the calculated field type) but the problem is that I have the existing First and Last Names as short text & I'm not sure I want to delete the values already in the table. And for some reason First name kept giving me errors. as a calculated field in the table. Anyway, bottom line, how do I bind a calculated field on a form to a table field? Thanks.
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