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Designing for the end user

From: Access 2010: Forms and Reports in Depth

Video: Designing for the end user

Throughout this title I'll often refer to the database as end-user and I wanted to take a moment to define who I think this person is and why they're important to keep at the front of your mind while designing your forms and reports. The end-user isn't anyone specific. They're more of a theoretical individual that is completely new to your organization. They maybe a new hire or an intern or maybe, even your grandmother, somebody that knows very little about your day-to-day tasks and even less about how to use Microsoft Access. As you develop your database application, occasionally put yourself in their position and look at your workflows as if you're brand-new to it.

Designing for the end user

Throughout this title I'll often refer to the database as end-user and I wanted to take a moment to define who I think this person is and why they're important to keep at the front of your mind while designing your forms and reports. The end-user isn't anyone specific. They're more of a theoretical individual that is completely new to your organization. They maybe a new hire or an intern or maybe, even your grandmother, somebody that knows very little about your day-to-day tasks and even less about how to use Microsoft Access. As you develop your database application, occasionally put yourself in their position and look at your workflows as if you're brand-new to it.

If you can set up your navigation and data entry and reporting systems tailored to the end-user that uninitiated first day on the job employee then you'll be well on your way towards creating a successful application.

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Access 2010: Forms and Reports in Depth

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  1. 1m 27s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      25s
  2. 15m 53s
    1. Introducing forms
      2m 41s
    2. Designing for the end user
      45s
    3. Exploring the database
      1m 49s
    4. Creating a form with the Form Wizard
      6m 43s
    5. Refining the form in Layout view
      3m 55s
  3. 24m 33s
    1. Organizing the form elements
      7m 14s
    2. Formatting
      4m 48s
    3. Modifying the form through its properties
      6m 56s
    4. Adding a header and some polish
      5m 35s
  4. 1h 2m
    1. Introducing form controls
      3m 48s
    2. Using lines and rectangles
      2m 48s
    3. Organizing screen space with tabs
      4m 47s
    4. Adding buttons
      5m 3s
    5. Linking to external content
      4m 15s
    6. Entering and selecting data
      5m 8s
    7. Controlling input with option groups
      6m 0s
    8. Attaching documents
      6m 49s
    9. Attaching images
      5m 8s
    10. Understanding the subform control
      4m 13s
    11. Adding charts
      7m 9s
    12. Linking controls
      7m 41s
  5. 21m 42s
    1. Creating the main menu
      8m 49s
    2. Adding a splash screen with startup options
      5m 35s
    3. Creating a customer form
      7m 18s
  6. 45m 20s
    1. Grouping and sorting data
      4m 36s
    2. Understanding report structure
      6m 12s
    3. Building reports from wizards
      5m 0s
    4. Building reports from queries
      6m 34s
    5. Formatting conditionally
      6m 59s
    6. Calculating fields
      4m 35s
    7. Adding the finishing touches
      4m 49s
    8. Populating pre-printed documents
      6m 35s
  7. 15m 8s
    1. Printing reports
      3m 6s
    2. Tweaking the design
      7m 10s
    3. Automating the workflow with macros
      4m 52s
  8. 58s
    1. Next steps
      58s

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