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Hi all,

I have a continuous sub form with 10-12 fields on.  I have added checkboxes to the top of the form to say that if the checkbox is ticked the field becomes enabled.  This works fine when there is no data in any of the fields.  You tick the check box, the field becomes enabled and you can tab down filling in the data for all users.  

However if you later go in to add figures to a different field and tick the check box to enable that field it will tab to the previously completed field because there is data in it.  

Sorry if this is hard to understand.  Is there anything that I can add to this code so it only goes to the enabled field and not any other field that may have data in?

Private Sub Check_Absence_AfterUpdate()

 If Me!Check_Absence = True Then
    Me!Absence_Score.Enabled = True
    Me!Absence_Score.SetFocus
  Else
    Me!Absence_Score.Enabled = False
  End If

End Sub

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Regards

Chris
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by:VTKegan
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I would use an option group at the top of the form, this way only one field could be enabled at a time.

You would then set an afterupdate event of the option group to set only one field to enabled to prevent tabbing to a control that is not enabled.
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by:smods
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Thanks VT.

All fields are currently not enabled when opening them form.  It's only when the check boxes are ticked that they become enabled.  However, even when the checkbox isn't ticked anything with previous data in can be edited.  Is that right?  Should it do that?

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Chris
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by:VTKegan
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Can you upload an example file.  

based on your code if you have a check box like this for each field, then it looks like you could enable more than one field.

So if you are not setting every other field enabled = false then you have more than one field enabled.  If you use an option group you could dramatically reduce the amount of code needed.
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by:smods
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Here you go VT.


ee-example.mdb
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smods,

Here is the revision.  What I did: I edited your existing code to set the Tab Stop Property of the form to True and False based on the check box and that fixed the tabbing to the other controls.

I also created a new example that uses an option group.  Open up the main form that I created, and look at the code there.  I replaced about 100 lines of your code in about 15.  Just food for thought.  Both forms are working as you would want them, just another alternative.
ee-example--1-.mdb
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by:smods
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Good job!! I really liked your idea so have implemented that instead!

Thanks

Chris
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