Data Entry Application in Excel and Access

Data Entry Application
Data Entry Form

Data Entry Application is one of the highest utilized application in any of the organization. Data Entry Software allows you to enter the details with the form and transfer input data from User Form to Database.

You can go for several paid Data Entry Application but the real pain is Trust, Data Privacy and Info-Sec approval. Most of the time, we can’t download and install the commercial Data Entry Application in our organization. Considering all the issue, cost and data privacy, it’s always a good decision to design your own Multi-User Data Entry form in Microsoft Excel and MS Access. In this tool, you don’t seek any approval from IT or invest extra budget on application.

If you are comfortable with VBA and MS Access then it will be easy for you. But what if you are familiar with Visual Basic For Application and MS Access. In this case, it will be very difficult for you to design the application even though VBA is very simple language.

In this tutorial, we will learn How to Create a Data Entry Application in Excel and MS Access? You just need to be familiar with the Excel sheet and you can follow the steps to create fully dynamic data entry form in Excel and Access.

In this application, we will be using MS Excel as front end of this application and MS Access as Database. With the help of both application, we will design application for shareable environment where multiple users can use the Data Entry Form to transfer the data simultaneously. So without further delay, let’s begin!

First of all, you need to create a Folder where you can save Excel and MS Access file. Let’s create a folder named ‘Data Entry Application’

Now, open the MS Access application and create a Blank Database. In MS Access window, create a table named ‘tblEmployee’ and open the table in Design Mode.

Create the required Fields Name with required Data Type. Please see the below image.

Creating Table in MS Access
Creating Table in MS Access

Now Save the Table and go to File and Save the Database. To save the Database, please select ‘Access 2002 -2003 Database (*.mdb) and then Click on Save As. Please see the below image.

Save As Database
Save As Database

Given the database name as ‘Database’ and click on Save. Make sure you selected the same folder which we created for Data Entry Application.

Now, close the current open database and go to File then click on Open. Browse the database file which we created for application and then click on drop-down available beside the Open button and then select ‘Open Exclusive’. Please see the below snapshot.

Open in Exclusive Mode
Open in Exclusive Mode to Apply Protection on Database

This will open the ‘Database.mdb’ in Exclusive mode so that we can apply the protection on Database file. It will secure our database and users will not be able to open it and make any changes if they will not enter the correct password.

Now, go to File menu and select the Info. Under Info, click on the third option e.i. Set Database Password. Please see the below image.

Set Database Password
Set Database Password

Now, enter the Password ‘thedatalabs’ in both the Password and Verify text boxes and then click on Okay.

Set the Password
Set the Password

Close the database from the Exclusive mode and open it in normal mode (while opening just click on Open. Don’t select any other option from drop-down available beside the Open button). When you will open the database, it will ask Password. Please enter ‘thedatalabs’ as password to open the database.

Here, we have done with Database designing. Let’s move ahead and create Data Entry form in Excel.

Open MS Excel Application and create a New Workbook. Save the file with the name ‘Data Entry Application in Excel and MS Access’ and select the File Type ‘xlsm’. Macro enabled file is required to retain all the codes which we will write for this Data Entry Form.

Change the Sheet1 name to Home, remove the gridlines, and create labels and rounded rectangle for Launch button. Please see the below pic.

Data Entry Application - Home Sheet
Data Entry Application – Home Sheet

Let’s move to Visual Basic For Application (VBA) window to design the Form and write the required VBA codes.

To open the VBA window, go to Developer Tab in Excel and then click on Visual Basic under Code group. Alternatively, you can also use Shortcut key ALT + F11 to open the VBA window.

In VB window, let’s insert a UserForm. To insert the form, go to Insert menu and click on UserForm.

Let’s set the properties of Form.

Name: frmDataEntry; Caption: Data Entry Application;Height: 428.25; Width: 420

Let’s add other controls and set the properties of each and every controls. Follow the same format which is used in below image.

Data Entry Application
Data Entry Form

Set the properties for input controls. Name would be txtEmpID, txtName, txtDOB, imgCalendar, optFemale, optMale, cmbQualification, txtMobile, txtEmail, txtAddrss, cmdSubmit, cmdReset

Caption for optFemale would be Female, optMale would be Male, cmdSubmit would be Submit and cmdReset would be Reset.

Set the tab order for all input controls.

Let’s import the Custom Calendar from the Support File. Please see the below image.

Project Explorer
Import Custom Calendar

Let’s add coding on Double click on txtDOB and imgCalendar. Make sure you have locked the txtDOB so that user will not be able to enter data directly.

Double click on txtDOB and add the below code on double click events.

Now, double click on imgCalendar and add the below code on click events.

Let’s insert a module in our project. To insert a module go to Insert menu and click on Module. Rename the Module1 to mdDataEntry.

Now double click on mdDataEntry to view the code window.

Add the below code in mdDataEntry to Reset and Initialize the form.

Add the below function in mdlDataEntry to validate the Email Id entered by User.

Let’s add one more function to validate all the entries made by user in Data Entry Form. You just need to copy the below code and paste it below the email validation function.

Let’s add sub procedure to transfer the data from User Form to Database. Before writing the code, we need to add the reference of ADO library in our project. To do that, just go to Tool menu and select the References… In references window, please select ‘Microsoft ActiveX Data Objects 6.1 Library’ and then click on Okay. Please see the below snapshot.

Library reference for ADO

Now, we have added the reference for ADO. Let’s start coding for Submitting Data. You just need to copy the below code and paste it below the ValidEntry Function. Here, we have utilized dynamic connection string to connect the database. You can check the support folders and use the fixed path link to replace the dynamic code. The same has been explained in our YouTube tutorial. Support file link has been provided at the bottom of this post.

Add the below code at the bottom of Submit_Data procedure to launch the form. We will utilize this sub procedure to assign it on ‘Launch Form’ button available on Home sheet.

Let’s move to frmDataEntry and add the required code in Form Intilization, Click events of Submit and Reset.

Double click on Form and add the below sub procedure on initialize event.

Code for Click event on Submit Button

Code for click event on Reset button

Now coding for this project is done. Let’s move to Excel window and assign the macro on ‘Launch Form’ button available on Home sheet. Right Click on ‘Launch Form’ button and select Assign Macro and then choose the macro named ‘Show_Form’ from the available options.

All done. Let’s launch the form with the help of ‘Launch Form’ button available on Home sheet.

Please watch our step by step tutorial for this form on YouTube.

Please click on below button to download the Excel, Database and other support files.

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