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Access 2007 Offline Help File/In depth help

Posted on 2011-03-17
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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
So, just about every post I see on here, where there is a question about a function etc, I see at least one reply that says 'The help file contains a ton of great info'. I get that, but with that,  when I am coding in VBA and I type say 'Application.' and then the (I forgot the name of it) intuitive drop down box appears and there is a list of things you can select with the Application function. I want to know how you find out what all those types of things mean/do. I am not limiting it to the Application. function, I mean all that kind of stuff. Help is somewhat good at that, but where can I find out the in depth kind of stuff.

I have SEVERAL books on VBA - Bibles, Programmers Guides, etc. Is there a 'COMPLETE' book out there somewhere? I have a feeling there are some very cool things I could be doing, or things I could do better. I just don't know how.

Would this be more of a Visual Basic book that I need to reference?

Thanks for ANY websites, books, or info you can steer me towards in my quest for mastering Access. : )
Question by:G Scott
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"Is there a 'COMPLETE' book out there somewhere?"

Not really, sorry.  

This is one of my favorite books:

"Fixing Access Annoyances"
Phil Mitchell and Evan Callahan

In the back ... there is a great reference appendix ...with functions, macro actions etc.

I have a long list of Access sites that combined ... contain a wealth of info.  Do you want thoses?


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by:G Scott
ID: 35161463
Hey mx, thanks, sure I will take them. I have a very small list myself but it's mostly links to cool example DB's that I didn't want to lose.

I will take a look at that book too. I appreciate the tip.
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DatabaseMX (Joe Anderson - Microsoft MVP, Access and Data Platform) earned 1000 total points
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by:G Scott
ID: 35161477
WOW..thanks mx. I appreciate it.
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ID: 35161484
You are welcome.

On thing I can add is ... there are a LOT of new properties on Forms, etc in A2010 (and A2007) ... with virtually NO Help, sadly.  I addressed this issue with Microsoft at the recent MVP summit.  We will see what happens.


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by:G Scott
ID: 35164003
Ok, whew, so it isn't just me that thinks that. Thanks for representing the people mx..I just hope Microsoft will listen. Any bets?
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pteranodon72 earned 1000 total points
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Do you ever use the ObjectBrowser window (F2 from the code editor)? This will not lead to real explanations of object model, but it can help you find full lists of all object properties, methods, events, and named constants. It lets you dig a bit deeper than the Intellisense because everything is hyperlinked and searchable. Try limiting the search to a single library, like Access or VBA or DAO, at a time.

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"Any bets?"
Well, there was a LOT of 'head nodding" lol.  Not totally sure if anyone was taking notes ...!


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by:G Scott
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mx - Thanks for the links. Great stuff.

pteranodon72 - I was in there once on accident, thought it was cool, didn't know what I did or how to get back. I didn't know what it was called either to google it. Thanks. ;)
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You are welcome .... happy reading.


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