Office challenge: How to use input values as default values in an Access form

This week, test your Access skills with this fairly common efficiency request from data input personnel.

Let's suppose one of your users transfers data from paper forms, usually submitted in batches, into an Access database. That means a lot of the data - salesperson's name, territory id, and so on - repeats across the entire batch of forms. These aren't true default values, not in the traditional sense. However, the user would like to input them once, and have them remain the default value as he inputs a record for each form in the batch, as if they were true default values. Could you do this for your user?

By Susan Harkins

Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.