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Access Forms and Reports For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-7645-9965-1
408 pages
September 2005
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Create queries that make forms and reports useful

Develop forms to access the data you need and make reports that make sense!

If you thought you had to use a spreadsheet program to produce reports and forms, guess what! Access can turn out great-looking forms and reports that actually show what's going on with your data -- if you know how to ask it nicely. This hands-on guide helps you do just that, and it works with all versions of Access.

Discover how to
* Ask Access the right questions
* Work with sets of data
* Create simple forms with a wizard
* Use queries to create new tables
* Troubleshoot queries
* Add visual features to reports
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Accessing Both Ends: Getting Data In and Info Out 7

Chapter 1: Getting to Know Forms and Reports 9

Chapter 2: Getting Started with Queries 25

Chapter 3: Creating Simple Forms 45

Chapter 4: Building Basic Reports 67

Part II: Creating Effective Queries 93

Chapter 5: Creating Multi-Table Queries 95

Chapter 6: Modifying Data with Queries 113

Chapter 7: Expanding Queries with SQL 133

Chapter 8: Dealing with Quarrelsome Queries 151

Part III: Building Really Useful Forms 169

Chapter 9: Building Better Forms by Using Controls 171

Chapter 10: Using Multiple Tables in Forms 191

Chapter 11: Fixing Form Faults 205

Part IV: Designing Great Reports 219

Chapter 12: Adding Fancy Touches to Reports 221

Chapter 13: Creating Reports that Summarize Data 241

Chapter 14: When Reports Go Wrong 257

Part V: Way Cool Advanced Queries, Forms, and Reports 267

Chapter 15: Tricks for Finding Data with Queries 269

Chapter 16: Tricks for Updating with Queries 283

Chapter 17: Killer Ways to Improve Forms 295

Chapter 18: Expert Methods for Sharing Reports 315

Chapter 19: Making Reports Look Better 331

Chapter 20: Adding Efficiency with Great Tools 345

Part VI: The Part of Tens 363

Chapter 21: Ten Great Access Sites Online 365

Chapter 22: Ten Things to Know About Queries (That Also Help You with Forms and Reports) 371

Index 375

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Author Information

Brian Underdahl is the well-known, best selling author of over 70 computer books on a broad range of subjects. He has appeared on a number of TV shows, including the Computer Chronicles, and several TechTV programs, and is the subject of an hour-long interview on the syndicated Computer Outlook radio program. One of his titles was recently recommended to viewers by Scott Gurvey, Bureau Chief, on the Nightly Business Report on PBS, and his books have won awards including an Award of Merit from the Northern California Technical Communications Competition and the Referenceware Excellence Award for best title in the Graphic Design and Multimedia category.
Brian has been involved in personal computers from their beginning and has a background in electrical engineering. His last “real” job was as a Senior Programmer/Analyst for a large company, where he worked hard to bring the power and freedom of PCs to the desktops.
Brian figures that it’s the author who should do the work so that readers can get their money’s worth. That’s why his books are different — he takes the time to explain what’s going on so that readers can understand the subjects easily.
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