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Access

Power Tip: Improve the security of database connections

When linking to external tables using Open Database Connectivity (ODBC), Access offers to set up a Data Source Name (DSN). The DSN is quite convenient, giving us a graphic method to quickly build and specify an ODBC connection string without having to remember all of the syntax and parameters. Unfortunately, when the time comes for deployment, using a DSN can introduce some security issues. In this post, Access MVP Ben…

Access

Power Tip: Improve the security of database connections

When linking to external tables using Open Database Connectivity (ODBC), Access offers to set up a Data Source Name (DSN). The DSN is quite convenient, giving us a graphic method to quickly build and specify an ODBC connection string without having to remember all of the syntax and parameters. Unfortunately, when the time comes for deployment, using a DSN can introduce some security issues. In this post, Access MVP Ben…

Access

Power Tip: Supercharge conditional formatting by using a bit of code

Over the past few versions of Access, the product team has steadily added more conditional formatting functionality for forms and reports. For example, in Access 2010, you can add up to 50 conditional formatting rules for each object without having to write any Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) code. However, if you’re working in an earlier version, or if you just prefer to use VBA to perform formatting tasks on…

Excel

IF and only IF (video)

This post is all about IF–not the poem by Rudyard Kipling, or the 1971 hit song by Bread, but the function. The IF function is used in many Office programs, but most of us know it from Microsoft Excel: IF(logical_test, [value_if_true], [value_if_false]) IF is one of the most searched-for words on Office.com, so we thought we’d compile some of our resources on IF so you can find them more easily.