How to Use This Book

The initial chapters are written in a tutorial format with detailed examples. True to the Wrox Programmer's Reference standard format, the book includes numerous reference appendixes with details on the various object models you might use when writing VBA code in Access. It also provides a detailed primer on the Windows Registry and a listing of common API functions you might want to use in your code.

Real-world examples are given for many, if not most, of the programming topics covered in this book. These are just of few of the topics and examples that are included:

□ How to control access to data based on database login information.

□ How to create custom reports based on information entered on a form.

□ How to leverage report browse — the new interactive report feature that enables drilling into data on reports.

□ How to summarize and graphically display data using cross-tab reports.

□ How to use VBA to transfer data between Access and other Office programs such as Outlook, Word, and Excel.

□ How to configure custom ribbons, toolbars, and menus for your Access database applications.

□ How to use the image controls for more intuitive and professional looking forms.

Throughout the book, we've also included tips and tricks discovered during the authors' programming experiences.

We recommend that as you go through the book, you download the code and sample databases so that you can see how the code works and experiment with changes. (See the "Source Code" section later in this Introduction for details on downloading the code.) Working with the code is how you take ownership of the concept and start to incorporate it into your work and solutions.

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