I have a simple question that I can't seem to find out how to do correctly. I have a subform that I want sorted by BirthDate in ascending order. In the form's properties, how do I state that in the Order By section? I have tried just putting the field name in there and a few variations, but it still won't work. If anybody has any thoughts on this subject, I would greatly appreciate it.
You can use the OrderBy property to specify how you want to sort records in a form, query, report, or table.
The OrderBy property is a string expression that is the name of the field or fields on which you want to sort records. When you use more than one field name, separate the names with a comma (,).
When you set the OrderBy property by entering one or more field names, the records are sorted in ascending order. Similarly, Visual Basic sorts these fields in ascending order by default.
If you want to sort records in descending order, type DESC at the end of the string expression. For example, to sort customer records in descending order by contact name, set the OrderBy property to "ContactName DESC".
You can set the OrderBy property by using the object's property sheet, a macro, or Visual Basic.
For reports, the OrderByOn property must be set to Yes to apply the sort order specified by the object's OrderBy property. For forms, select the field by which you want to sort the records and either click the appropriate Sort button on the toolbar, or point to Sort on the Records menu and click the appropriate command on the submenu. You can also set the OrderByOn property for either forms or reports by using Visual Basic.
Setting the OrderBy property for an open report will run the report's Close and Open event procedures.
Note When a new object is created, it inherits the RecordSource, Filter, OrderBy, and OrderByOn properties of the table or query it was created from. For forms and reports, inherited filters aren't automatically applied when an object is opened.