Access 2010: How can I create an error message when data isn't entered correctly?

The database I'm building has two tables: [Positions] and [Staff]. The positiong number (posn #) is how the tables are linked; it is the primary key in [Positions] and is a requred field in [Staff].

I'd like to make it so that if the posn # entered in [Staff] doesn't match one of the posn # in [Positions], an error message would come up to say that it was entered incorrectly. This is to ensure that data entry is done correctly, otherwise the accuracy of the various reports I've created will be flawed.
El_JagangAsked:
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Rey Obrero (Capricorn1)Commented:
a better way is to set the relationships between this two table..
see how from
How to define relationships between tables in an Access database

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PatHartmanCommented:
You can avoid validation code by using a combo box.  Set the LimitToList property to Yes and AllowValueListEdits to no.  Also make the field required in the table definition and make sure the default is null.  Some versions of Access use a default of 0 for numeric fields so you may have to remove the 0.
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