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Introduction to Microsoft Access 2010 (Self-Paced Tutorial)

Getting to Know Access 2010

In this lesson, you will find out what Access is and how individuals, businesses, and organizations use it to store information. You will begin to build an Access database, including all the components that turn a list of records into reports, forms, and queries.

Controlling Your Access Table Fields

In this lesson, you will impose rules that automatically fill a table field with either preset values or other commonly used symbols. With just a few minutes of work, you can make data entry simpler, clearer, and practically error-free.

Creating Tables and Relationships

In this lesson, you will create additional tables for your database, customizing them along the way, and then build relationships between them. This all paves the way for later database features, such as reports, queries, and forms that draw from multiple tables in the database.

Building Powerful Forms

In this lesson, you will use forms for data entry and for viewing records in your tables. You will meet the Form Wizard, which makes form building fast and easy and which allows you to select one or more tables' fields to include. You will also determine form layout.

Adding Versatility to Forms

In this lesson, you will add buttons and controls to forms. You will also adjust table relationships to support the creation of multi-table forms, which paves the way to creating queries and reports that draw data from more than one table.

Interviewing Your Database

Using queries to sort, filter, and search your database is one of the most important skills in this course. This lesson focuses on creating queries that search for specific data. You will follow a step-by-step process and then create a query on your own.

Taking Queries to the Next Level

Queries that find all the records with shared information are relatively common. But they won't help you find specific records within the span of a specific numeric value. In this lesson, you will create queries that narrow the search perimeters of your database.

Multi-Table Query Control

In this lesson, you will learn to plan, build, and use queries that pull data from multiple tables simultaneously. This gives you more power over your data and allows you to build the foundation for truly customized reports.

Reporting on Your Tables

Reports are easy to create and customize. In this lesson, you will build a simple report using the Report Wizard. Then you will change the report's appearance, using layout view and design view. These skills are foundational to creating and designing reports for any data in your database.

Creating Query-Based Reports

In this lesson, you will create reports that are based on the results of queries you create to sort and filter your database. Because queries can combine data from multiple tables, filter for specific data, and sort the results, your report reflects just the data that meet the query's criteria.

Mastering Report Design

In this lesson, you will plan and create a completely customized report, using a specialized query that controls which data the report includes. You will customize your report's layout with the many tools used for controlling the structure and appearance of your data.

Automating Your Database With Macros

This lesson introduces macros, short programs that perform a series of steps. Macros speed up and create consistency in your more repetitive Access tasks. From opening a form to running a report, macros eliminate redundant procedures by turning them into something you can do with one click.

 
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