I've created an Contact List/Address Book and have it set up so that when the database starts, a dialogue box pops up and I enter the surname of the person I'm looking for, hit enter and the form displays the information I need. Everything was running along swimmingly until I entered a name that WASN'T in the database and when the form displayed - there was no information, no fields, nada - just the background image and then I have to Ctrl/Alt/Del to open the Task Manager to close Access. When I select Exit - it tells me that Access is waiting for a response from me but there is nothing there. Obviously I need to add something to the query that runs the form so that when I enter a name that ISN'T found, I get a message box telling me that there was no record found and the pop-up dialogue box re-appears asking me to enter another name. If anyone has any suggestions as to HOW I'd do this - it'd be appreciated if you could speel it out for me in very plain language. Thanx.