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I have 2 tables with a one to many relationship in Access 2007
With form entry I want one of the tables to have adrop down list of values to select from the other table of same field.

How do i set up the form field to link to anthor table and display values to select from?
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Question by:jagguy
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by:MINDSUPERB
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Open the table in design view, select the field that you want to have the drop down.
Then click Lookup tab. Select Combo box in Display Control.

RowSource type: Table/Query
Row Source: The name of your table.


When you put that field into the entry form, it will create a combo box that looking up the data of the table you specify.


sincerely,
Ed
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by:jagguy
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ok i get that.

what i also need is when i select a value from drop down box , I want another associated  field to display.

For example I might select Item ID from a combo box and I want the Item name to also appear somewhere whenever i select an item ID (the ItemID and name is defined in another table of course)
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by:MINDSUPERB
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You may try to use this vba:

At the after update event of the combo box

Me.YourFieldName = DLookUp("YourItemName","tblYourTableName","[ItemID] = & Nz(Me.cboNameOfCombo,0) ")

Ed
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Try to use this instead:

Me.ItemName = DLookUp("ItemName",YourTable","[ItemID] = Nz(cboName,0)")

ItemName = the fieldname of Item Name
YourTable = name of your table where ItemID and ItemName are found
ItemID = the ItemID field
cboName = the name of your combo box

Ed
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by:jagguy
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i dont want VBA code so is there another way i could do it?
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by:MINDSUPERB
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You can create a subform and set the Link Master Fields and Link Child Fields Properties to ID and ItemID.

But, I suggest to use the VBA and just invest some of your time on it. It is always nice to learn something new.

Ed
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by:wobblynut
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On the form control  where the id dropdown is (say called cmbID)
set the rowsource to SELECT table2.ID, table2.name FROM table2;
set bound column =1
column count=2
column widths 2.5,0

Set the control source on the form's control where you want the name to appear to =[cmbID].[column](1)

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Helen_Feddema earned 500 total points
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Put the other field you want to display in the combo box's row source, and then use something like this as the control source of an unbound and locked textbox:

=[cboSelect].Column(2)

Column numbering is zero-based, so this refers to the 3rd column.
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