Including a Calendar in Ms Access – A Primer

The Ms Access applicationdefaul3 is teeming with a host of features that makes it an extremely versatile product. In some cases you need to enter date into a specific record in Access. Now if you are looking to input the date data in the text format, there is a chance that different users may choose a different format. The solution lies in using a calendar popup which users can browse through and select the date. Let’s look at how this can be achieved in Ms Access.


Avoid endless validations by using an ActiveX calendar in Access

When you attempt to enter date in the text format, multiple issues as mentioned above can crop up. To avoid them you would have to enter a whole array of validations, so that your input data is relevant. By using an Ms Access calendar feature which typically comes in form of an ActiveX control, it becomes literally a cake walk to enter date data into the database.


Working with the Calendar option in Access

Irrespective of where you are looking to include a calendar, say a form or query, using the calendar control can quickly help you develop a calendar in quick time. To achieve the same, perform the steps listed below

  1. Launch the Ms Access application and head to tab of your choice. From forms to reports, choose the one that you wish to modify.
  2. Open the option to select the element in the Design view. For example you have selected a form to enter school records and wish to include a calendar.
  3. Choose the calendar control from the toolbox. Using the calendar pop-up in Access it becomes extremely easy for end users to entry relevant data.


More about the Calendar option

In recent versions of Ms Access, Microsoft has rolled out several new features including an auto calendar choice which looks rather neat. From choosing dates in it to selecting the date or time type, nearly every function can be carried out without any fuss. Incidentally this date picker can be disabled at any point of time if you do not feel its need.


Chances of MDB corruption can haunt business users of Ms Access

For those businesses that have build line of business applications on an Access backend, the possibility of an Access crash compromising the entire data repository is very real. Most Access users are aware of the fact that the application stores its entire data in a single MDB file which can very well get corrupted. Now if the underlying Access data file becomes inaccessible your data records too cannot be read. So to avoid a scenario where you are left clutching at straws in case of an Access crash, invest in an access repair tool like DataNumen Access Repair. This remarkable application can dig out every possible data element stored in the application and this includes auto number fields and even indexes. Last but not the least, the recovery capacity of this tool is unmatched in its class.


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