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Lesson 1

Access Controls and Forms

We are going to discuss some features dealing with controls that can really add some interesting features to your forms. Not only can they make your forms more attractive, but they can also save you time and energy when working with information. By the end of this module, you will know how to:

  1. Work with controls that display data from other record sources
  2. Use the Option Group Wizard to create an Option Group control
  3. Create a Subform control to display data from a related table
  4. Use Access’s Tab control to create a simple multipage form
  5. Use the Chart Wizard to add a chart to a form
  6. Use ActiveX controls
  7. Add the Calendar control to a form, binding it to a data source

As you can see, this is going to be a lot of fun, so let us get going!

ActiveX Controls Explained

ActiveX controls are small apps that let websites provide content, like videos, games, and let you interact with content like toolbars. Unfortunately, because many ActiveX controls are not automatically updated, they can become outdated as new versions are released. It is very important that you keep your ActiveX controls up-to-date because malicious software (or malware) can target security flaws in outdated controls, damaging your computer by collecting info from it, installing unwanted software, or by letting someone else control it remotely. To help avoid this situation, Internet Explorer includes a new security feature, called out-of-date ActiveX control blocking. Out-of-date ActiveX control blocking lets you:
  1. Know when IE prevents a webpage from loading common, but outdated ActiveX controls.
  2. Interact with other parts of the webpage that are not affected by the outdated control.
  3. Update the outdated control, so that it is up-to-date and safer to use.
The out-of-date ActiveX control blocking feature works with all Security Zones, except the Local Intranet Zone and the Trusted Sites Zone.
In the next lesson, you will learn how to work with controls that display data from other record sources.