Its a long time since I used design view for anything.
Both fields are already bound to their recordsets as you describe in the submitted file, and any attempt to do what you state produces an error message that confirms this.
Can I re-frame the questions Jason, as I did not express myself correctly.
I do need validation, but have not done so yet.
1. Can you insert the required validations for the title as shown next to it in the file and display the resultant code, together with the bindings required to retain its value after a failed validation.
2. Do list menus need validating as they always have a default value which should be correct. I usually never validate these drop down lists as mine always extract their values from an existing validated recordset.