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Access Event Model

When working with a database system, the same tasks may be performed repeatedly. Instead of doing the same steps each time, you can automate the process with VBA or macros.

Database management systems continually grow as you add records in a form, build new queries, and create new reports. As the system grows, many of the database objects are saved for later use - for a weekly report or monthly update query, for example. You tend to create and perform many tasks repetitively. Every time you add contact records, you open the same form. Likewise, you print the same form letter for contacts that have purchased a vehicle in the past month.

You can add VBA code throughout your application to automate these tasks. The VBA language offers a full array of powerful commands for manipulating records in a table, controls on a form, or just about anything else.

This tutorial focuses on the Access event model, a vitally important aspect of Access development. As you'll see in this tutorial, Access provides a wide variety of events to trigger your code in response to user actions.