Introduction to Microsoft Access 2013

Introduction to Microsoft Access 2013

Learn to build, edit, and maintain databases in Microsoft Access 2013 using tables, reports, forms, and queries to give you fast access to all your important information. This course provides the skills to create an effective database for any type of information at home or on the job.

6 Weeks Access / 24 Course Hrs
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In this practical and project-oriented course, you will learn to build and customize tables to store data. This course explores relational databases and how to use them to build forms, generate reports, and search for data with queries across thousands of records in hundreds of tables. You will also discover how to use macros to automate repetitive tasks and increase your efficiency.

Through easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, this course will help you master Access 2013 and put it to creative, confident use. You will develop not only strong Access skills, but a solid understanding of good database design concepts. By the time you finish the course, you will know how to organize and assemble an effective database for any kind of information you need to store, document, and manage.

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6 Weeks Access Course Code: ia8
Start Dates*Oct 12 | Nov 16 | Dec 14 | Jan 18
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$89.00 USD


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

It's time to lay down the law! In this lesson, you'll impose rules that automatically fill an Access table field with a preset value or that automatically insert the symbols commonly included in phone numbers. You'll also set up rules that only allow certain kinds of data in certain fields. With just a few minutes of work, you can make data entry simpler, clearer, and practically error-free.

In this lesson, you'll create additional tables for the class database, customize 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.

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

In this lesson, you'll add buttons and controls to forms. You'll 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.

Using queries to sort, filter, and search your database is one of the most important skills you'll master in this course. In this lesson, you'll create queries that search for specific data. You'll also customize how Access displays that data. You'll follow instructions step by step so you gain confidence with the process, and then you'll get to create a query on your own!

A query that puts specific records in order or finds all the records that have a general piece of information in common is, well, pretty common. Being able to create that kind of query is a great foundation skill, but it won't help you find a very specific record. Nor will it let you search for records within a span of dates or other numeric values. It also won't help you exclude certain records, reducing a large pool of data to just those records you need to see. In this lesson, you'll create queries that give you true power to search your database.

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.

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.

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.

In this lesson, you'll plan and create a completely customized report, using a specialized query that controls which data the report includes. You'll add fields that perform calculations on your data. You'll customize your report's layout, too, using design view's many tools for controlling the structure and appearance of your data.

Building macros (short programs that perform a series of steps) helps you speed up and create consistency in your more repetitive Access tasks. From opening a form to running a report to building a new record in a table, macros eliminate redundant procedures by turning them into something you can do with one click.



There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course must be taken on a PC. It is not suitable for Macs.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge is also compatible.
  • Microsoft Access 2013 (not included in enrollment).
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


Laurie Ulrich has been writing about and teaching people to use Microsoft Office for more than 20 years—including personally training thousands of students, writing hundreds of training manuals, and authoring and co-authoring more than 30 books on subjects including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Access. Her books include 2000-page epics that document every button, bell, and whistle, as well as friendlier introductory and troubleshooting books for new users. Her most recent publication on Microsoft Access is Access 2016 for Dummies. In addition to writing and teaching, Laurie runs her own firm, Limehat & Company, providing training, marketing, graphic design, and web development services to clients throughout the world, with a focus on helping growing companies and non-profit organizations build their brand through effective promotions, outreach, and education.


Laurie Fuller is a great instructor! She presented the material in a way that was easy to understand. I was extremely satisfied because of her writing skills and knowledge. I love that she included videos as well! I will be taking Access 2013 intermediate!

I thought you did a great job in organizing and presenting the material in this class! I really enjoyed learning about Access and now feel confident I can create and work with databases. I have recommended this class to others! I am going to build on the skills learned in this class by taking the Intermediate Access class now. Thank you for everything!

Awesome! This course went into more depth than a similar course I took in person several years ago, with the added benefit that I could do it when convenient with my (often!) complicated schedule. Many thanks!

I really enjoyed this course. It was very well put together and extremely informative. I had no previous experience with Access and now feel I have a strong base of knowledge which to build on.

I enjoyed going through the lessons while learning a whole lot. The way the lessons were broken down and explained in detail made it very easy to understand. Great teacher!

I am really enjoying the layout of this course! It is very well done. Already I feel as though I will be recommending it, as well as taking more of them. This course and delivery method will be very valuable for me and many of my co-workers. Many of us are struggling with controlling, understanding, and managing large amounts of data. I love that you have noted that saving these lessons for the future is important. I am doing that after every lesson. Thank you!

I began the course two weeks before the end, once the final exam was released and all but the last discussion forum was closed. I was pleasantly surprised that this did not hinder my learning experience in any way. I feel this is a testament to the completeness and clarity of instruction. Well done to Laurie. I will seek her courses out in the future.

I build online courses so I always find it interesting to see how other courses are constructed. This is one of the best courses I have seen (and taken part in) by far. The instructions were crystal clear and thanks to the instructor's writing style, it seemed like I could hear her voice in my head. She added a real personal touch, much appreciated!

Thank you so much for an excellent course. I learned so much. Even though I am in a job that does not require me to use Excel or Access, I certainly can apply the new knowledge and skills to create things for myself to make my job requirements efficient and effective. I might even convince my employer to buy the software programs to use for things we now just create as Word tables!

This was a great course. I came into this pretty overwhelmed and scared of Access. I'm pretty confident that I can now navigate thru this program and create some good reports to give to my bosses. I have you to thank for that. Thank you! This will be a course I recommend to my friends and colleagues.