Access

Using crosstab queries in reports

A well designed database stores data in a normalized format with dates defined in a field so that new data is simply added as additional records. However, people want to see data with dates grouped by columns. This can be done by using a crosstab query. However, when creating reports based on crosstab queries, we need to control the specific column names that are returned by the query. Otherwise, the report…

Access

Access 2010: How to write expressions for Web queries, forms, and reports

Before Access 2010, Access supported a wide variety of expressions in different areas of the application.  Tables and fields, queries, form and report properties, controls, and macros can all use expressions to evaluate data or logic to drive the behavior of an application. In the past, each of these contexts in which an expression is used have shared a single, common expression evaluation engine. This means that no matter where…

Word

Change the default line spacing in Word

When the default line spacing in documents changed from single spacing in Word 2003 to a slightly roomier 1.15 spacing in Word 2007 and Word 2010, customers asked the inevitable: Why did the default line spacing change? And how do I change it back? The short answer is that the default line spacing changed in Word 2007 to make online documents more readable. If you want to change the default line spacing in Word…

Access

Q&A with Access developer Juan Soto

Working in an ice cream factory in Chicago led Juan Soto to found IT Impact, Inc.,  an Access development consulting firm. The ice cream factory’s large Enterprise Resource Planning system required that he spend hours manually calculating whether a final batch of ice cream really made the company money. He had to factor the waste for every step of the manufacturing process and soon realized that he could automate the…