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I have a lookup table where I have defined some products. I have another table that defines orders. This table defines which products is in the order by having a ID that is linked to another table that has a link to the orders table and to the products lookup table.

Lookup products:

ID: 1
PName: Basketball

ID: 2
PName: Football


ID: 1
Products: 3

ID: 2
Products: 5


Products: 3
PID: 1

Products: 5
PID: 1

Products: 5

So in the orders table, one can see that Order 1 has ordered a Basketball, while Order 2 has ordered both a Basketball and a Football.

Now, when you place an order in the Place Order-form, I want the user to be able to choose between the available products, and let them pick them from a list of checkboxes. How is this possible? (When the shop manager adds another product, it is automatically added to the list.)

Is this the correct approach to my problem, or is there a better solution to this?

Edit: I found a solution to this. One could use a list you can select the product, and press an arrow button to add it to another list. The same way you choose fields when making a combo box.

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I think this is more like a stackoverflow.com question –  Remou Jul 5 '12 at 13:54
@Remou If this isn't about databases, I think I have misunderstood this QA site a little bit. What is it really about, the back-end of the database? Managing everything that isn't at the query level? I'll read through the FAQ again.. –  Friend of Kim Jul 5 '12 at 21:23
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You have an order/order detail set-up and this means the easiest way is to create an order form with a detail subform. The subform should be based on the table Products illustrated above, with a combo box for PID drawing the row source from Lookup products. The link child and master fields will be Order ID.

You can see something like this illustrated in the Northwind sample file. The sample files should not be followed exactly, they are only illustrations. In particular, the code is inclined to be a little dodgy.

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Thanks for the answer! I didn't find the file you linked to.. Well, I came up with the solution I wrote as an edit. What would be the best solution. I don't know if I understood you correctly. Should the user be able to pick orders from a combo box, and then enter order details. A subform/table should appear at the bottom, so the user can enter products in the new rows. If this is what you meant, I think the solution I wrote about is better, when the job is first done. (It took some time to set up...) –  Friend of Kim Jul 5 '12 at 21:21

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