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Access - restricting lookup choices

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by simonelliott, Oct 9, 2007.

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  1. simonelliott

    simonelliott Thread Starter

    Jul 27, 2006
    Complete access novice here. I've attached the beginnings of my inventory DB. When using the Stock Items form, once i've chosen from the drop-down menu under Stock Categories, i'd like the next drop-down menu (StockSubCategories) to be restrited to the list shown in the Stock Sub-Categories table. IE, once i've chosen "Kitchen Supplies", i would not like to see "Fuel" as a possible Sub-category.
    I'm too clueless, so any help appreciated.

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  2. Ziggy1


    Jun 17, 2002
    take a look at the attached, first I made a query from the "Stock Sub-Categories" table.

    Second I placed criteria in the query under field Stock Categories like this...

    [Forms]![Stock Items]![StockCategories]

    this refers to the Combo on the form, and serves as criteria to the Combo you want to restrict (StockSubCategories).

    the next step uses VBA in the "After Update property" on the "STOCKCategories" combo on the form.

    Private Sub StockCategories_AfterUpdate()
    End Sub

    what it does is, when you make a choice it will requery the source of combo "StockSubCategories".

    *Note that I changed the source of this combo to point to the query I made. Compare the changes to understand how it works.

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  3. OBP

    OBP Trusted Advisor

    Mar 8, 2005
    Ziggy (y) :)
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