Current version is Access 97. I have a field "Probill Number". This field is used on several different forms and queries to update information as loads are scheduled, received, and closed. It is also linked to another database that tracks productivity using the Probill field. The problem I am having is that when the Probill is first entered (scheduled) in the system, if the clerk accidently hits the spacebar before typing, it becomes next to impossible for others to access that record as needed. The last thing I want is for people to start accessing the tables to try to find records. I thought of using an input mask, but unfortunately the Probill number can be anywhere from 6 to 12 characters long. Any help in solving this problem would be greatly appreciated.