Archive for December, 2012
A question arose in a recent Access Forms workshop about a form that was being designed to capture information supplied by library patrons. To that point in the workshop, we had created several forms; but in each case when the form was opened we saw record 1 of the data set. We saw that we could use the New Record icon to set the form fields to blank when we wanted to enter new data. But in this case, the database owner wanted the form to open so that what the user sees immediately is a form with blank fields ready for a new record to be entered. The solution simply involves setting properties of the form as follows:
- With the Form in Design view or Layout view, open the Property Sheet and be sure you are looking at the properties of the Form
- To most easily find the properties you need, choose the Data tab at the top of the Property Sheet
- Find the Data Entry property and set it to Yes
- Also be sure the Allow Additions property is set to Yes
So you attended an IT Training workshop. Where do you go from here?
The Workshop Experience
We design IT Training Workshops to teach you the essentials of a particular software program. We guide you trough a series of tasks to give you hands-on experience, and we provide an explanation of why certain tasks are done in certain ways. There is a whole lot of information crammed into that 3-hour slot. Unless you have a photographic memory, you’re not going to remember it all. Once you leave the classroom it’s up to you. You have to “use it, or lose it,” as they say.
After the workshop, you have to ask yourself how proficient you want to become with this software. If you don’t want to do anything beyond what we covered in the materials, you’re all set. Just get to work on the task at hand and refer to the materials if needed. For many students, what they learned in those three hours is all they’ll ever need to know.
For those of you who want to complete tasks that are beyond the scope of the materials, or you want to become a true expert, you’ll have to take matters into your own hands. Here are some tips for taking your learning to the next level: (more…)