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Language: Visual Basic
Expertise: Beginner
Oct 1, 1996

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Creating a Sorted List

Question:
I am creating a touch screen directory for a hospital. All of departments are listed in alphabetic order as a button which, when pressed displays a map of the hospital. I am having to add several new departments, which means I have to reorganize the buttons to be in alphabetic order after adding each new department. Would it be possible to create the list of departments in Access with all of the necessary info for the button and have VB query the list to display the buttons in alphabetic order automatically? If so, could you give me some direction on where to begin.

Answer:
You've got all the steps that are needed. Create the table in a new database, first. Then, create a query in Access to retrieve the data in the right order by setting the sort order on the appropriate field. Then, in VB, whenever you open the recordset, you can open a query instead of a table exactly the same way.

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