Clint Covington: Software design, Microsoft Office Access

News, trends, and commentary about everything from software design (i.e. innovation, nailing scenarios, elegance), and my personal technology passion -- Microsoft Office Access.

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  • Blog Post: Showing summary data with crosstab queries

    A new query help topic just went live on Office Online: Make summary data easier to read by using a crosstab query
  • Blog Post: Five Visual How To demos

    Our user assistance team is starting to put together some cool "how to" articles with web cast demos. You might find these useful and interesting: Adding (All) Options to Combo Boxes or List Boxes in Access 2007 Adding Tabs and Controls to the Office Fluent Ribbon in Access 2007 Creating User Prompts...
  • Blog Post: Access Best Practices Guidelines

    Recently a MCS consultant asked the following question on an internal Access Discussion alais: My customer is looking for either a document on 'general best practices when using Access 2003' and/or a document on 'best practices for coding in Access 2003.' Before I sit down and start trying to create...
  • Blog Post: Tips and tricks for designing forms and reports - part 3

    This is the final post of a three part series on Access Tips and Tricks provided by members of the Access team. This article focuses on non-obvious things new to the forms and report designers. The other articles in this series covered useful keyboard commands and a general topic on new databases, the...
  • Blog Post: My favorite Access keyboard commands - part 2

    I have a confession to make… I started hacking around in computers with Windows 3.1—never learned how to really use the command line. I know—I have fallen from grace for many of you developers. The mouse has been my friend. I’m trying to change and use keyboard shortcuts more often. Here is a list of...
  • Blog Post: Tips and tricks from the Access team - part 1

    I have been working on a three part series of non-obvious tips and tricks for using Access 2007. The other series will be on designing forms and reports and my favorite keyboard shortcuts. I put together a rough draft of this series and sent it around to the Access team. Fortunately, many team members...
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