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Microsoft® Access® 2010 Inside Out by Jeff Conrad and John Viescas

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Using the Single-Document vs. the Multiple-Document Interface

In versions of Access before Access 2007, all objects opened in their own windows where you could edit, view, or print them. This type of interface, multiple-document interface (MDI for short), was the cornerstone for working with objects in Access. Office Access 2007 introduced a new interface model called single-document interface (SDI). In the SDI model, all objects open in a series of tabs along the top of the object window to the right of the Navigation pane. In the older MDI model, switching between open objects usually meant constantly minimizing, resizing, and maximizing the various objects to work with them. In Figure 2-94, you can see two forms, one table, and one report open ...

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