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    Formatted report samples (2000)

    Does anyone know of a web resource that either shows pictures of, or has downloadable .MBDs with, nicely formatted reports? I'm trying to convince somebody that the sorts of documents they need to produce (invoice, quote, letter etc.) could be done using the features available within Access, rather than having to introduce Word or Excel into the mix.

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    Re: Formatted report samples (2000)

    Do you have looked at the templates ?
    You have also downloads at : Microsoft Office Downloads Home Page
    And you have the sample db at : <A target="_blank" HREF="http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;231851">The "Access 2000 sample: report topics
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    Re: Formatted report samples (2000)

    Thanks Francois. I'm familiar with the standard Access templates, but will check those other links too.
    The thing I need to do is convince them that they can get reports to print out much the same as their existing Word & Excel documents. I may have to try to replicate their paper copies to show them that it can be done satisfactorily. Easier if I can find some "close" examples though.

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    Re: Formatted report samples (2000)

    Alan,

    I hope this helps out a little. I had some of the same problems where I work. I had to recreate some of their forms into an access report to show them the information will still be there. I added improvements to tracking and retrieval times to their system as well as upgraded their forms to help sway them. Here is a zipped file with one of the examples I used to win them over. The jpg is their original form and the report in the database is what I improved on.

    Since the full implantation, the maintenance departments have loved it, and still use it today.

    As with most groups, they will have questions about the report. If they do have question about the example I sent I would be happy to answer them.

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    Re: Formatted report samples (2000)

    That's great thanks Winston. This is just the kind of thing needed to convince them.

    All I really need to press home is that Access has the ability to create the "rich" printed documents needed for their customers. I'm not sure why people form this impression, but I tend to think that a lot of Access non-users are under the impression that all they'll get is the equivalent of "raw" table views (in a very unexciting grid display).

    I can understand this perception of a big backend like Oracle, which I'm used to working with. But Access, if anything, tends to "promote" the slick & fancy frills on the frontend <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>. I can't, for the life of me, work out where this misconception stems from <img src=/S/question.gif border=0 alt=question width=15 height=15>

    Alan

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