If you want to create customized Microsoft Office Access 2003 applications, you'll need to learn how to work with the Microsoft Office 2003 programming language, Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications , or VBA . VBA is more powerful and more flexible than Access macros, and you can use it in all major Office applications.
To create a VBA application, you have to learn VBA conventions and syntax. Access provides extensive online Help available to assist you in this task. Office 2003 makes VBA more user -friendly by providing the Visual Basic Editor, an application that includes several tools to help you write error-free VBA applications.
With VBA you can create applications that run when the user initially opens a database, or you can link applications to buttons , text boxes, or other controls. You can even use VBA to create your own custom functions, supplementing Access's library of built-in functions.
VBA may be a difficult language for the new user, but its benefits make the effort of learning it worthwhile.