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Autocomplete of Form Text Boxes

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Hello ,
Im new here and generally in the Database world, just started learning access
while doing a little project.

I created a normal Database in MS Access 2003 with one table and one form
to insert data to the table. The form consists of Name, Surname , E-Mail .My question is , is there any command or feature that allows me to enable autocomplete on on my form text boxes?

To be more specific. Lets say i have inserted 20 contacts and 3 of them have the name alex and one the name alexantra.
What i want to do is when i use the form to insert data and lets say type al in the name text box ,there should appear a list of the names inserted already in my database that start by al so i can choose from the list the name i want to add.

I checked numerous other threads and didnt find any similar threads to mine
or info that could help me so i hope im not doublethreading or something if i am im sorry.

Thank you in advance,

May 28 '07 #1
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For this you can add a combobox based on a "Select distinct namefield from tblWithName".
Just create a new field with the wizard and select the field needed.
Next when the combobox is created, open the properties (button with hand and white sheet). Under the data-tab ad the "distinct" after the "select", thus no dupes will show.
Finally add under the same tab the name of the field so it's bound (will change) in your table.

Getting the idea ?

May 28 '07 #2

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i've tried that before
the problem is that if my new entry is not already on the list im not able to
enter it because access classifieds my new entry as an invalid item not existing on the list.

For example if i have a contact named Lucas and i didnt enter one from before
i did the form with the list option for name surname and email then i cannot
enter Lucas into the database bcause lucas is not in the list .
May 29 '07 #3

Expert Mod 15k+
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Check the 'Limit to List' property of your control.
May 29 '07 #4

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To elaborate on NeoPa's comment:
By default the LimitToList property should contain "No". When that's the case new entries can be added and a requery will show it the next time the combo is used.

May 29 '07 #5

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thank you both for your replies :D
May 29 '07 #6

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thank you both for your replies :D
No problem :)
Did that help with your problem?
May 29 '07 #7

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