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Access 2010 Power Shortcuts
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Setting tab stops


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Access 2010 Power Shortcuts

with Alicia Katz Pollock

Video: Setting tab stops

A power user presses the Tab key on their keyboard to move through their fields, instead of clicking with their mouse every single time. By default, Access sets the order of the fields according to the order they were in the underlying table. But as you create your own forms, you'll move everything around, and the tabs need to follow. Let's see this in action. I'll close this sample form. We're going to make a fast form and rearrange it. Click on the Customers table one time, go to the Create Ribbon, and choose Form, switchover to the Design View. Now I'm not going to go into detail on how I rearrange this form.
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  1. 1m 15s
    1. Welcome
      47s
    2. Using the exercise files
      28s
  2. 25m 49s
    1. Customizing the Navigation pane
      2m 23s
    2. Toggling between Design and Data views
      2m 40s
    3. Creating new fields with field templates
      2m 9s
    4. Understanding the "Cannot contain a Null value" error
      1m 29s
    5. Working with AutoNumbers as foreign keys
      2m 24s
    6. Using input masks
      2m 39s
    7. Four ways to add fields to a query
      1m 41s
    8. Four ways to filter data
      2m 56s
    9. Selecting multiple form and report controls
      2m 13s
    10. Aligning and distributing controls on forms and reports
      5m 15s
  3. 5m 48s
    1. Opening recent files
      2m 33s
    2. Opening your most recently used file automatically
      56s
    3. Selecting a startup form
      1m 0s
    4. Changing the default saving location
      1m 19s
  4. 8m 22s
    1. Expanding and collapsing the Ribbon
      1m 13s
    2. Three ways to customize the Quick Access toolbar
      3m 14s
    3. Selecting Ribbon buttons using KeyTips
      1m 47s
    4. Creating your own ribbons
      2m 8s
  5. 9m 26s
    1. Turning the Navigation pane into a switchboard
      3m 48s
    2. Right-clicking
      2m 48s
    3. Using keyboard shortcuts
      2m 50s
  6. 5m 56s
    1. Navigating between records
      2m 8s
    2. Using Search, Go to, and Find
      2m 20s
    3. Selecting fields, rows, columns, and tables
      1m 28s
  7. 21m 46s
    1. Undo and Redo tips
      2m 18s
    2. Entering data across, not down
      59s
    3. Repeating data from the record above
      1m 39s
    4. Copying and pasting content
      2m 44s
    5. Inserting today's date
      1m 10s
    6. Removing automatic hyperlinks
      1m 54s
    7. Using AutoCorrect
      1m 36s
    8. Using concatenated fields
      2m 16s
    9. Linking Outlook contacts
      2m 23s
    10. Saving imports and exports for reuse
      4m 47s
  8. 35m 56s
    1. Creating a table using application parts
      2m 18s
    2. Creating Quick Start fields
      1m 49s
    3. Saving application parts
      2m 43s
    4. Understanding number field sizes
      3m 2s
    5. Setting default field types
      2m 55s
    6. Using validation rules
      4m 0s
    7. Using flag fields
      2m 1s
    8. Using an index
      2m 4s
    9. Using a datasheet Totals row
      2m 0s
    10. Filtering by selection
      1m 26s
    11. Resizing columns and rows
      2m 7s
    12. Removing gridlines and shading from tables
      1m 29s
    13. Hiding and unhiding table fields
      1m 13s
    14. Freezing fields when scrolling
      59s
    15. Analyzing your table for redundant structure
      5m 50s
  9. 10m 53s
    1. Setting a starting AutoNumber
      3m 14s
    2. Creating a multi-field primary key
      4m 17s
    3. Using subdatasheets
      1m 27s
    4. Using relationship reports
      1m 55s
  10. 28m 32s
    1. Using wildcards
      5m 40s
    2. Using IN instead of OR
      1m 29s
    3. Hiding query fields
      54s
    4. Changing captions
      1m 31s
    5. Finding duplicate records
      2m 13s
    6. Moving records with append and delete queries
      4m 31s
    7. Using make-table queries
      2m 12s
    8. Creating an update query
      2m 55s
    9. Turning a query into a PivotTable
      2m 30s
    10. Turning a query into a PivotChart
      2m 6s
    11. Using SQL statements
      2m 31s
  11. 28m 48s
    1. Using the property sheet to work with controls
      2m 16s
    2. Creating option groups
      2m 43s
    3. Using a ComboBox to select a record
      2m 55s
    4. Creating tabbed form layouts
      4m 45s
    5. Inserting charts
      3m 42s
    6. Creating your own smart tags
      1m 24s
    7. Using the CanGrow and CanShrink properties
      1m 46s
    8. Hiding fields in printouts
      1m 26s
    9. Setting tab stops
      3m 41s
    10. Clipping, stretching, and zooming images
      1m 17s
    11. Viewing single or continuous forms
      1m 1s
    12. Changing a form's default view
      1m 52s
  12. 9m 7s
    1. Inserting page breaks in reports and forms
      2m 15s
    2. Creating headers and footers
      5m 49s
    3. Hiding duplicates in reports
      1m 3s
  13. 10m 17s
    1. Using themes to customize the look of the database
      4m 12s
    2. Using the Format Painter
      2m 25s
    3. Grouping controls on forms and reports
      1m 35s
    4. Setting default appearance for new databases
      2m 5s
  14. 17m 56s
    1. Using a Before Change macro to create a time stamp
      6m 51s
    2. Triggering a Before Delete warning message
      2m 49s
    3. Creating an After Update macro to email a customer
      2m 11s
    4. Creating a user interface macro
      4m 12s
    5. Using AutoExec macros
      1m 53s
  15. 2m 53s
    1. Saving templates
      2m 10s
    2. Locking files
      43s
  16. 44s
    1. Goodbye
      44s

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Access 2010 Power Shortcuts
3h 43m Intermediate Feb 08, 2011

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In Access 2010 Power Shortcuts, Access expert Alicia Katz Pollock shares hundreds of tips and shortcuts to vastly increase efficiency and get the full power out of Access 2010. The course includes tips for working with the Ribbon and Quick Access toolbar, managing files, customizing and automating Access, rapid data entry and editing, working with tables, queries, forms, and reports, managing your database, and much more. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Creating new field with field templates
  • Understanding errors
  • Filtering data
  • Aligning and distributing controls
  • Customizing the interface
  • Navigating quickly between records
  • Speeding up data entry
  • Analyzing a table for redundant data
  • Creating a multi-field primary key
  • Moving records with append and delete queries
  • Transforming a query into a PivotTable or PivotChart
  • Working with images, charts, and Smart Tags in forms
  • Hiding duplicates in reports
  • Formatting shortcuts
  • Using macros
Subjects:
Business Productivity
Software:
Access Office
Author:
Alicia Katz Pollock

Setting tab stops

A power user presses the Tab key on their keyboard to move through their fields, instead of clicking with their mouse every single time. By default, Access sets the order of the fields according to the order they were in the underlying table. But as you create your own forms, you'll move everything around, and the tabs need to follow. Let's see this in action. I'll close this sample form. We're going to make a fast form and rearrange it. Click on the Customers table one time, go to the Create Ribbon, and choose Form, switchover to the Design View. Now I'm not going to go into detail on how I rearrange this form.

To learn how to manage forms, please see your Access 2010 Essential Training. I am going to go ahead and draw a marquee to delete these fields right here. I'll highlight them and click Delete. I am going to scroll down, and click on WorkPhone, and Shift+Click on the label, Shift+Click on Fax Number and on Fax, and I'll move these fields up here to the phone numbers. I'll do the same thing with Notes. I'll click on Notes, Shift+Click on its label, Shift+Click on Documentation, and flag, and then move these six fields up under the Fax.

Then I'll delete my Type and its label as well. Now when I go back to the Form View and I Tab through, it's tabbing across. But I still want it to tab down. So I'm going to go back to my Design View again, and I'm going to go over here to the Tab Order button on the right-hand side. There is three sections; controls in the Header, the Detail area that contains all of our fields, and the Footer. We're going to stick to the Detail area. I want my form to go down. So after CustomerID would be Company. So I'll click once in the box next to Company, and drag it up above WorkPhone.

I'm going to pickup Address, and drag it up under Company. Now I want you to note something. As you're clicking on these, you can't click and drag in one motion. What that does is select multiple controls at one time. So I do have to click in the box, let go off my mouse, and then drag the field up. So now I have CustID, Company, Address1, Address2, then City, State, Zip, and Country. That leaves me with WorkPhone, Fax, Notes, Documentation, Flag, and a Child field.

Also note that there is an Auto Order button, and this button hypothetically will reorder the tabs in the order of your fields. But sometimes I find it more problematic than helpful. So I'll click OK. Now when I go back to my Form View, and I tab through, it goes down the columns. Now there is one more thing you can do with tab stops. You can skip fields altogether. For example, for Country, almost all of my customers are in the United States, so I could skip right over it as I Tab. Same with Documentation and Flag.

I'll still be able to click in the boxes to enter data into them. But as I'm tabbing through, it will save me several tabs if I skip right over those fields. So let me go back to the Design View. Open up your Property Sheet, if it's not already open. Click on the Country field. Now notice this Tab Index. This 7 is telling me that it's tab number 7 down the list. But we're going to skip it. So I'm going to change Tab Stop to No. I'm going to do the same thing for the Documentation field. Change Stop number 11 to No, and Flag as well.

Now when I change to Form View, it's going to go from Zip straight over to WorkPhone, and from Notes, straight down to my Orders field. When you're working with form data, efficient workflow is essential. Setting Tab Stops allows you to create a natural and practical order for your data entry.

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