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Widows & Orphans
By Richard Rost   Richard Rost on Twitter Richard Rost on LinkedIn Email Richard Rost   10 months ago

Widow / Orphan Protection, Prevent Missing Data

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Learn how to prevent orphaned records in your Microsoft Access databases. These are records on the "child" side of a relationship that are missing a parent.

Alaina from Seattle, Washington (a Platinum Member) asks: I'm working with your TechHelp Free Template (thank you, by the way) and I've noticed that it's possible for a user to enter order detail items without having first created an order. This causes them to be lost in Limbo. How can I prevent this?


Members will learn how to prevent widows, which are parent records that have no children. If you want to force a user to enter line items in an order before allowing the order to be saved, use this technique.

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