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    After reading several of the posts on this board, i realize just how out of my league I really am. I created a simple membership db with names, addresses, phone number email addresses, etc. by importing an excel spreadsheet into a table. I then created and customized a basic form from the table.
    My question is very simple - How do you get to a point where a user can start entering data if the record is not already there.
    For instance, I would like to have them search for the last name (and first name if necessary), then if not found, enter all the information, adding it to the db. I can't find a place to add a search function and to further show my ignorance, I don't know how to start the data entry process on the form I created. TIA for any help you can offer a newbie!

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    Re: entering data

    Welcome Scott,

    Yes there is a lot that you can learn, but the secret is that you don't need to know all of it.

    From your post I get the impression that this is for a desktop Application, where as this forum is principally for "web" applications
    For a desktop App generally you need to create A form, and on this form have the ability to post a NEW Record [eg place a new record button and the genie will put the code in for you.]

    Searching is generally done with "Queries" or "Filters" depending on your terminiology Also a Genie or two will assist you there.
    Hope I have helped you find the right thing to look for, with all the buttons and menus it's quite easy for a Newbie to get lost. So keep posting questions.


    • #3
      Re: entering data

      Thanks for answering.
      If I'm in the wrong forum, please tell me how to repost this in the correct one.
      I appreciate your willingness to help me, but I can;t even find how to add a "new record" button or find the genie. I expected some help from the company but they for some reason are not answering their phones or email. I am frustrated because this must be done by tomorrow night. Can you direct me to some kind of help? The tutorials I've seen don't even begin to address this situation. Thanks again.


      • #4
        Re: entering data

        Unsure how to move a post,
        Please post some screenshots of what you are doing, or a dummy application, so no confidentiality is screwed up. Will try to assist, but at the moment I really don't follow what you are up to.