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Access Q&A: ID #1, Subform v. Tab
By Richard Rost   Richard Rost on Twitter Richard Rost on LinkedIn Email Richard Rost   14 years ago


Hi, I am using a database from a year ago to do a survey. I have copied last years table as structure only. I have copoied last years form and deleted all records, I am trying to link the new copied form to the new structure only table, is this possible and if so how to do? the first field on the form is and ID numer, i need this to start at no. 1 but it is currently starting at no. 158, if you can help it would be great. tks a mill


Delete all the records in the table and the COMPACT & REPAIR the database (under Tools > Database Options). This should force the autonumber to start back at ID #1.

I cover Compact & Repair in Access 102




I created a VERY basic form for short term use by 3 people in my group. It is based off of 1 table w/about 18 fields. i have 7 fields going across top of main form, & created 2 subforms (from same table). I used the Acct number field to link each subform to main form. when I add a new record using the main form control, information from 1 particular record is populated into 1 of the submforms. Ive tried sorting the table differently, but get same result. HELP!


Subforms aren't supposed to be based on the same table as the main form. The purpose of a subform is to show data from a DIFFERENT table.

When you're putting data in your main form, of course it's going to show up in one of your subforms if they're based on the same table - all of the fields are bound to the same record.

It sounds to me like what you want are TABS. If you're trying to show many different fields from the same table, but maybe you're out of room on your form, you should use TABS.

I cover tabs in my Access 203 tutorial.


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