Absolute Beginner's Guide to Microsoft® Access 2002 by Susan Sales Harkins

By Susan Sales Harkins

Microsoft entry 2002 is a robust, relational database software program package deal that makes it effortless to create and deal with complicated databases. With entry, clients can create a database quick from scratch or by utilizing an entry database Wizard. as soon as the database is created, entry presents all of the instruments had to input and manage info. With the aid of absolutely the Beginner's consultant, readers may be able to speedy begin a brand new database by utilizing the Database Wizard, create tables from scratch or through the use of a Wizard, upload and edit database details by utilizing either tables and varieties and control information in a few tables through the use of queries and experiences. The e-book assumes completely no previous wisdom of the subject, and studying is straightforward as a result of the book's lighthearted yet no-nonsense kind. It serves as an outstanding source for clients who're thoroughly new to entry 2002 or who're upgrading from a prior model of the software program.

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2. Click the View tab. 3. 17. 17. Disable the task pane. Part I: Getting to Know Access 37 38 Part I: Getting to Know Access 4. Click OK to return to the application window. You must have a database open to change this option. The Helpful Assistant Not! Annoying co-workers are everywhere, and Access is no exception we're referring to one of the more obnoxious Office features, the Office Assistant. Of course, you might end up liking the little guy, so give him a chance. When you need additional information, press F1 and Access displays Clippit, the default Office Assistant.

If you learn nothing else from this chapter, remember this do not skimp when designing your database. After you've decided that you need to design your database, rather than just throwing things together, write a short mission statement on the purpose of your database. Don't sweat over this part; the statement can be a simple sentence if that's all that's required. "Store and analyze wooly worm sightings for predicting subsequent winter conditions" says quite a lot. By the end of the process, you might need to update your mission statement, but that's the whole point of the design process.

Compared to some older databases, this is immensely convenient. To give someone an Access database, you just have to copy the one file, instead of rounding up dozens of little files (and probably missing some). Caution Because a database stores all your data in one place, you need to be especially cautious with database files. mdb. You therefore should make a backup copy of this file on a regular basis by copying it to a disk, a CD-ROM, or another computer. Before digging into the actual objects the tables, queries, forms, reports, and so on you might want to change slightly the way things look in the Database window.

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