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Best place to define combo boxes in Access

So, this is a general question about best practices for building Access solutions. I'm building a new system. In the past, when I've built "main" tables that have lookup fields, I always used the Lookup Wizard on the field type and associated the field with the lookup table right in the table design. But I was wondering what you experts think about that. Should you leave the field as Numeric and design the drop down only on the forms? Does it matter? Is there a speed or index issue?

Let me know your thoughts.

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Always work on Numeric as the bound value
Just use both the key and the display value ...raise the column count to 2 (or more)
and arrange the Column Widths to hide the key

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Change to the equivalent in inches
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oh and one other; turn off the auto index and join features.   Especially the first.  Otherwise you end up with a bunch of indexes you don't need.

This is the feature where if a field is named something like "ID", it automatically creates an index for you.


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Got it. Thank you Jim!