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Shuffle - 3 - Table Design

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crystal (strive4peace) - Microsoft MVP, Access
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We are going on a deep dive to the foundation of data structure -- what is in the  design view of a table? What else you can do? Use a Unique Index to prevent duplicate values from being added. We discuss Ignore Nulls, the Primary Key, AutoNumber and its properties, create a Calculated field with an Expression to combine data from other fields, tracking fields for when records were added and edited, Field Names, reserved words, and tips for naming fields, and field properties like Data Type, and Size.

Here are the other videos in this series:

Shuffle - 1 - Examine Data (imported from Excel)
https://www.experts-exchange.com/videos/61034/Shuffle-1-Examine-Data-imported-from-Excel.html

Shuffle - 2 - Totals Query
https://www.experts-exchange.com/videos/61035/Shuffle-2-Totals-Query.html

Shuffle - 4 - Append Query
https://www.experts-exchange.com/videos/61037/Shuffle-4-Append-Query.html

Look up Problem names and reserved words in Access, by Allen Browne:
http://allenbrowne.com/AppIssueBadWord.html

Video Steps

1. In table design, you can use an AutoNumber for the primary key


in the Query Setup group of the Design ribbon tab

2. Don't use reserved words in field names


      or spaces or special characters
      except underscore (_) is okay.

3. Start field names with a letter

4. Ensure Data Type and Size are good.

5. Put key fields at the top


      and tracking fields at the bottom.

6. Define an Expression for calculated fields.


      Make text bigger in the Zoom Box (Shift-F2) by clicking the Font button.

7. Use Now() for the Default Value of tracking fields


      for when a record was added and edited.

8. Set a Unique Index to prevent duplicate values.

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