I have found this procedure to be very helpful for form validation. It loops through the controls on the form to find out if any fields were left blank. For each field that is null, a message is displayed to the user and then focus is returned to that field in order for the user to know exactly which field to enter data on. Performing form validation within the database table will let you know of which field is null but won't set the focus to the field in which the null value exists.
Private Sub Form_BeforeUpdate(Cancel As Integer) Dim i As Integer For i = 0 To Controls.Count - 1 If TypeOf Controls(i) Is TextBox Or _ TypeOf Controls(i) Is ComboBox Then If IsNull(Controls(i)) Then MsgBox "No null values allowed" Controls(i).SetFocus End End If End If Next i End Sub