How to browse through access data quickly

I'm designing a database in access and right now I have 2 tables. One is customers and one is nodes. One customer can have many nodes. I want to be able to type into a form either the name of the customer or the name of the node and have all my other fields auto populate with the information. For example if I enter a customer name I want it to display all the nodes for that customer, location, etc. If I enter a node name I want it to display the customer name, location, etc. How do I get that kind of navigation?
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Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE )Infotrakker SoftwareCommented:
Access has a lot of native features that allow you to do this, but quite a bit depends on your skillset and desire.

You can design forms that will show you the data, but how you display it is another matter. In most cases, you'd build mainform/subform setups, where your "mainform" would be the Customer, and your subform would be the nodes (since a Node is a child of Customer). This is fairly straight forward.

However, going the other way would require some more in depth work, since you'd have to work with filtering queries and such to show the Nodes associated with a Customer. I'm not sure how you're storing your data, but if it's like this:

etc etc


Then you can do a very simple query.

If a Customer can belong to more than one Node, or if a Node can belong to more than one Customer, then you'll have more work to do.
Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderCommented:
Create custom queries in Access and link them to a form.
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