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That's exactly what I wanted and couldn't find anywhere! I'm very grateful


On 17 October 2012 21:14, Girvin R. Herr <> wrote:

John Clegg wrote:

I have a base file attached to a MySQL database on a remote server. I have
a form that I use to view and edit the data in one table.

Others also access the database, and I need to experiment with the data in
that table without molesting the master copy.

One solution would be to make a complete copy of the database, but as I
want to make copies of the main table many times a day that would be a
laborious solution

It is easy to make a duplicate of the main table within the database, and
also easy to make a copy of the form in the base file, but what I need to
do now is point the copy of the form at the copy of the table.

I thought it might be possible to open the odb file as a zip file and find
the form data containing the table name somewhere in it, and edit it to
copy table name, but I haven't succeeded yet.

Does anybody know if this is possible - or even if there is a much easier

I am assuming you need to change the table that your form points to.  You
can do this by:

  1. Bring up your form in edit mode (right click on form name and
     select "Edit".)
  2. Select the "Form Properties" window (this is the icon that looks
     like a window with 2 buttons with an arrow pointing to it, and
     with a help balloon that says "Form".
  3. In the popup window, select the "Data" tab.
  4. Change the "Content" box to the table you want to use from the list.

If the new table's column (control) names are different, you will have to
change those too in the form editor.  You do that by Ctrl-left-clicking on
the form's control box and selecting its "Data" tab and selecting the new
name from the list derived from your new table.  Do that for each control
that has a different name from your old table.
Hope this helps.
Girvin Herr

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