I have been trying to learn Access in order to set up a customer database to track warranty returns. I bought the Access for Dummies and Access Bible books and tried to learn on my own to no avail. This course pulled it all together for me and I learn so much that I am confident that I will be able to build my database and use the two books that I bought for reference."
Thank you, Laurie. I really enjoyed the class. I am looking forward to putting my new skills to use. At some point, I hope to take the Intermediate Access class. I love your fun, but professional writing style."
Course Code: ia6
Find out what Access is and how individuals, businesses, and organizations use it to store information. You'll also begin to build an Access database including all the components that turn a list of records into reports, forms, and queries. Then learn to make data entry simpler, clearer, and practically error-free by imposing rules that automatically fill table fields or only allow certain kinds of data.
Continue to gain hands-on experience as you create additional tables for the class database, customizing them along the way, and then building relationships between them. You’ll also learn to build forms for data entry and for viewing records in your tables.
Add buttons and controls to forms and adjust table relationships to support the creation of multi-table forms, paving the way to creating queries and reports. Then, you’ll actually create queries that search for specific data and customize how Access displays that data.
Learn more advanced query techniques that will allow you to search your database for specific information. Then learn to plan, build and use queries that pull data from more than one table at a time.
Build a simple report using the Report Wizard and learn to change the report's appearance, using layout view and design view. Then create reports that are based on the results of queries you create to sort and filter your database which makes truly customized reporting possible!
In the final section of this course, you'll plan and create a completely customized report, using a specialized query that controls which data the report includes. You’ll also learn to build macros (short programs that perform a series of steps) to help you speed up and create consistency in your more repetitive Access tasks.
Laurie Fuller 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.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.