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Record Selector, Access 2000

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by Hect, Nov 19, 2001.

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  1. Hect

    Hect Thread Starter

    Jun 20, 1999
    Of what use is the record selector in a form? How does it work? It is a grey vertical bar on the left with a black triangle at the top. It doen't seem to do anything. In my manual and online help, the only thing that I can find is how to get rid of it, which I did, but I would like to know the purpose of it. Thanks.
  2. jbcalg


    Oct 29, 2001
    depends what you use it for, perhaps it's just a default setting?

    i've rarely seen or used it in a dbase
    - it should take you to the rec# you enter, but how often do you have rec#s memorized or listed

    usually use a name field attached to a 'goto'

    the only useful record finder is the first/last/next record command you can use - similar to what you see in adobe .pdf files for page numbers

  3. downwitchyobadself


    Oct 13, 2000
    The record selector is for two (relatively useless, depending on the sophistication of your app) things:

    1. Grab the record you're on to do something to it, usually delete it. Clicking on the record selector does exactly like what it sounds like it would do; it "selects" it, to then copy or whatever. Without this, and without using code, there is no other way to do this quickly (tho you can go through the menu, Edit > Select Record). If you don't want your users selecting records--and I certainly never do--then you don't need it for this.

    2. The other purpose is for subforms and other "continuous" view forms. It shows, quite simply, which record is "active", through the little black arrow. Useful at least to understand--see an example of what happens when we don't here--that only one record may be active at a time. Though, of course, in a continuous-view form or datasheet, you may select multiple records at one time, as in #1 above.

    That's it. Once you understand that, well, you should know whether you need them or not...
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