This lesson discusses how to use a Mainform + Subforms in Microsoft Access to find and enter data for payments on orders. The sample data comes from a custom shop that builds and sells movable storage structures that are delivered to your property. When a sale is made, it may be paid outright, carried in-house, or purchased by a finance company.
Using a mainform with subforms allows data entry into multiple tables with referential integrity. There are also calculations, and ways to find and filter information; Synchronizing subforms so they update with the record changes using LinkMasterFields and LinkChildFields; Calculating sum and total number of orders and payments, and the balance due; Displaying the company logo; and more.
Learn how to undo creating a new record, use shortcuts and quick ways to enter data, and about setting the Enter key behavior in the Access Options so pressing Enter goes down one row, just like in Excel. See how easy it can be to disburse all the is remaining on an allocated amount left to a single order.
See how Anchoring subforms and controls enables them to stretch and shrink as the display area changes.
Future lessons will go into the nuts and bolts of how this form works, address issues, fix problems (there are some), and enhance capabilities.
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