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11/12/2012 2:51:58 PM
Access Tip: Combo Box Edit List Items
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See, even I learn something new almost every day while working with Access. Here's a cool feature I just discovered that they added to Access in 2007 that allows you to add or edit items in a Combo Box or List Box without any programming, and without having to close and reopen the form.

VIDEO: Combo Box Edit List Items

Neat, huh?

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Calendar Seminar Lookup Table Comment from Charles Hall @ 12/19/2012
I got the Lookup table figured out. I changed the textbox to a combo box and made it a value list.
What I am trying to do now is create a passdown schedule.
This consists of a pre-schdule of parts that other departments will select from an inventory and put into 7 tables. I will then look at these 7 tables and put them in order of priority to go through what we call out Shared Services Areas. which is where the 7 tables come in. I will also need to establish a completed check box so that if the part was not completed it automatically goes onto the next days passdown.
Any suggestions on how to do/simplify this would be appreciated

Reply from Richard Rost:

Charles, I can't visualize what you're trying to do. Your terminology is completely foreign to me. Can you explain it as if you were talking to a 1st grader?
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Calendar Seminar Lookup Table Comment from Charles Hall @ 12/8/2012
Thank you for the response. Can you tell me which course I need to take to be able to Change my text box on my form to a list box so that I can create it and put it in my CalendarF or EventsF forms in my Calendar Seminar Database that I am building.

Reply from Richard Rost:

Creating a simple list box or combo box is something that I covered in Access Beginner 8 and 9, HOWEVER, if you want to create a combo box that's based on another table (your Employees) then wait for the next class: Access Expert 1. If you're in a hurry, I covered the same material back in Access 201. I also cover this stuff extensively in my Relationship Seminar.
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Calendar Seminar Lookup Table Comment from Charles Hall @ 12/8/2012
Is there a way to do a lookup field, say for Employees and have it work in the Calendar. Example, Create a Table for Employees. Add your Employees. Do a Lookup. Then when you go to the EventsF Form Select the Employee from the drop down list. Then have it populate in the Calendar Form.

Reply from Richard Rost:

Yes, this is certainly possible. You could then display lists of events just for specific employees. I used to do something similar with my service database - the ability to schedule multiple employees on a service call.
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Access Tip Combo Box Edit List Items Comment from Jim @ 11/13/2012
I think you advised us some time ago that this would be the easier way to go about incrementing combo boxes...just add a command button to open a form, add the data, then refresh the form.  Easier than going through a record set.

Reply from Richard Rost:

Yes, I did... but even that involved a single line of code (in your close button, to refresh the underlying form). This new method that they added is completely built-in to Access and doesn't require ANY programming. I can teach it to Beginners. :)
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