Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Modifying an Existing
Business Application
The possibilities for creating and customizing lists and applications are almost
limitless. Chapter 9 shows you the basics of entering, editing, and deleting
items from a list. But who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?
If you are already familiar with the concept of a database, you’re probably
familiar with fields. A field is a single piece of information and is the term that
most software programs use. However, Office Live uses the word column , which
becomes a bit confusing (most of us associate a column with a spreadsheet
or a list view).
Confusion aside, think of how nicely this could play out using an Office Live
Business Application:
1. You define a need.
2. You add a new page to an existing application.
3. You add new field(s).
Probably the hardest part of tweaking an application isn’t how to tweak it but
what to tweak. Do your homework: Decide whether a page will prove
important enough to justify the time it takes to create it and fill it with data.
You might think, for example, that the Employee Directory section of the
Company Administration application is the next best thing to sliced sourdough
bread. But then you start to think that you need to add just a few more things to
an employee record. Before you know it, you’re jamming all sorts of extra
information into the Notes section: maybe a commission rate or a spouse’s mobile
phone number. And you’re not only jamming — you’re also forgetting when you
jammed in all that information. Suddenly you have an inspiration: How about
adding a Personal Contact information tab to the Employee Directory?
Adding a new application tab
Adding a tab to an existing application — and populating it with a field or two —
is surprisingly easy, considering what a powerful tool it is. When you’ve defined
a need that is not being met by an existing Office Live Business Application, you
can start embellishing an application by following these steps:
1. Click Business Applications on the Navigation bar on the Office Live
Home page.
The Business Applications dashboard opens.
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