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Combo boxes, list boxes, and other controls

Controls for forms, reports, and data access pages
Learn to add controls to your Microsoft Access forms or reports. Customize controls, assign data values and links, and apply data-driven conditional formatting.

About this course

This course includes:

  • Four self-paced lessons and four practice sessions for hands-on experience.
  • A short test at the end of each lesson; tests are not scored.
  • A Quick Reference Card you can take away from the course.


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Add and customize controls.
  • Bind a control directly to your data.
  • Set default values for controls.
  • Perform simple data validation.

Before you begin

You should be familiar with the basics of creating forms or reports, or you should take Forms I: Create a form to enter and view your data or Reports I: Show off your data

You see them everywhere. Lists that open so you can scroll down and choose an item. Check boxes that you can select or clear by clicking them. Numbers that change automatically when you change other information. On computers and in printouts, controls such as these make data easier to view, quicker to work with, and more reliable.

You can add controls to a form or to a printed report. You can customize controls to suit your data and the people who work with it. Access makes it easy to do, and easy to learn.

To learn more about this course, read the overview in the center of this page or the table of contents in the left column. Then click Next to start the first lesson.

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