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  1. #1
    tyler89 is offline Novice
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    Database design

    I am an Access newbie. I need to create a database for a bunch of cases that have payments on different days and they have the same case id.

    Can i have this in an access database? For example:

    Case Name Invoice Date Amount Case id
    Stramer v Caldwell 356112 12/11/2019 700 199221
    Stramer v Caldwell 356112 12/12/2019 110 199221
    Stramer v Caldwell 356112 08/01/2020 250 199221
    Stramer v Caldwell 356112 04/02/2020 25 199221
    Stramer v Caldwell 356112 07/03/2020 130 199221

    When I make the Case ID or the Case name a primary key Access won't allow me.
    What would be the solution to such a database? Thank you.

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    Bob Fitz is online now Access Developer
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    Essex UK
    I suggest that you read a little on database design.

    From what you've told us, I think you would need at least two tables with a one to many relationship.
    First would store details of cases (CaseIDpk and Case Names). This would be the "one" part.
    Second would store details of Payments (PaymentDate, CaseIDfk, AmountPaid)
    If this helped, please click the star at the bottom left of this posting and add to my reputation . Many thanks.
    Bob Fitzpatrick

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    tyler89 is offline Novice
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    Thank you Bob, much appreciated. Do you know any good posts or tutorials on database design?

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    orange is offline Moderator
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    See the Database Planning and Design link in my signature for articles/tutorials/videos.
    I recommend the tutorials from RogersAccessLibrary mentioned in the link. Work through 1 or 2 tutorials and you will learn a process that can be used with any data base.
    Good luck.

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    ssanfu is offline Master of Nothing
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    You might work through the tutorials at
    Also see Access Basics By Crystal
    "Veni, Vidi, Velcro"
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