Intermediate Microsoft Access 2016

Intermediate Microsoft Access 2016

Develop a fully functional database that tracks customer and order information in this hands-on Microsoft Access 2016 course. Learn advanced techniques for presenting data, automating common tasks, and building navigation while you create a database project from scratch.

6 Weeks Access / 24 Course Hrs
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Do you want to take your Microsoft Access skills to the next level? In this course, you'll master more advanced techniques for this powerful database program and build an entire database project from scratch.

From building reports to using conditional formatting, you'll see how to present your data and gain techniques for using Visual Basic to automate common tasks. Finally, you'll build a navigation form to make it easy for your users to find their way around your database. By the time you've completed the course, you'll have a fully functional database that tracks customer and order information.


In this lesson, you'll review Access key concepts and terminology. You'll also learn how to share data between Access and other applications. The objects you import in this lesson will be the basis of a project that you'll work on for the rest of the course.

In this lesson, you'll learn how to set up key fields in tables and use action queries to quickly and easily manipulate multiple-table records with one command.

What are table relationships, and what does referential integrity mean? It's time to find out how and why to use these features.

Forms are the user-friendly gateway to Access table data. In this lesson, you'll learn how to create and modify forms and make them easy to use.

In this lesson, you'll learn how to add a subform to a main form without the wizard, and you'll use the Tab control to arrange form data.

You've already learned to put data into your database in an efficient way. In this lesson, you'll learn about query joins and data functions. These tools will help you get timely, high-quality data out of your database, so you see all the data you want and none of the data you don't want.

Suppose your boss tells you, "I want a list of the customers who placed the most orders and a separate list of the customers who spent the most overall." How can you find these answers quickly and accurately? Access comes to your rescue again! In this lesson, you'll explore Access functions, crunch numbers with the best of them, and even design a mathematical formula of your own. Don't worry if math makes you nervous, because this lesson will walk you through every step!

In this lesson, you'll build powerful, fast summary queries that total, count, or average the values in a set of records. You'll also discover the power of the crosstab query, which can not only summarize data but also rearrange it so that it becomes easier to understand. Finally, you'll add query parameters that allow you to change a query's criteria without altering its design.

In this lesson, you'll use the Report Wizard to build a basic report. You'll then fine-tune what you've built and learn some tips and tricks that were developed while building thousands of Access reports. Finally, you'll learn about a fantastic tool—conditional formatting, which allows you to visually identify key report data. With a few clicks, your report will change from a mass of numbers to a map of trends and changes that affect your business.

Just about every time you run a report, you'll want to limit the data it displays. You might want to see only a certain customer or a particular month and year. In this lesson, you'll build a dialog box that allows the user to run reports based on custom-built criteria.

Visual Basic is a powerful programming language that allows database developers to automate simple and complex tasks. In this lesson, you'll learn a little bit about Visual Basic, using it to make the reports dialog box you built earlier fully functional.

If you're creating a database for others, you must make it easy to use—and as you may remember, Access can look intimidating to a newbie! In this lesson, you'll build a navigation form that directs users to the forms and reports they need. You'll also set up a database for shared use and modify the startup options.



A basic understanding of Microsoft Access objects and their use or completion of Introduction to Microsoft Access 2010, Introduction to Microsoft Access 2013, or Introduction to Microsoft Access 2016 is required.


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 2016 or 2019 (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.


Ken Cook

Ken Cook has managed his own successful computer consulting business since 1990. He began as a trainer, instructing numerous users on a variety of software packages, specializing in Microsoft Office. Currently, his main focus is creating expert Microsoft Office solutions, Microsoft Access database solutions, and Microsoft SQL Server solutions for Fortune 500 and small business clients. He is also co-author of four "Access for Dummies" books.


I enjoyed this class and it has made me want to go on and learn more. Instructor Ken was great, I enjoyed his sense of humor. He was always quick to respond and patient in answering questions.

This course far exceeded my expectations...I really did appreciate this and will refer to it in the future as well...I will be recommending this course to coworkers.

This was an excellent course that really helped me understand the power of Access to create and link database information and present it effectively.

Instructor Ken Cook fielded an excellent Access 2016 Intermediate Course. I found the material to be highly relevant and the presentation and assignments to be effective...Great job!

I found this course to be exactly what I needed to learn in order to stay up-to-date with the demands of my career. It was easy to understand and I would totally recommend this course to anyone who is interested in furthering their skills around working with access databases.

Ken did a great job of providing assignments that were very meaningful and well scoped...Ken is the most tolerant instructor in my experiences of answering questions regarding MS Access regardless of scope. Any question I posed was "fair game" and encouraged. The mark of a great instructor are the results of a student's achievements and gaining interest in the subject matter. Personally, I am quite happy with both my results and the learning interest I have gained regarding Access 2016 in this course.

I found the course and instructor, Ken Cook, excellent. The material was presented in a very clear and easy to follow manner. Thank you.

I want to say thank you for making this class available. I thought the lessons were accurate, well done and illustrations were available at appropriate times. I did not have too much trouble with this course. I am usually a slow reader and so each lesson took a lot of time for me but I was successful on each quiz and the final. Great job and best to you!

Thanks for a great class! I will be using the materials I obtained from this class for some time. I think you did a great job showing us a realistic and versatile db. I appreciate all the fancy forms, queries and reports. All will be very useful to me. Best to you.

I commend the instructor. I have to use Access at work and this really brought me up to where I need to be. I got stuck on a form and the instructor was relentless to help by not just pointing out what I should do, but having me do it. He stuck with me over many tries until I got it right.

Self-Guided Course Code: T9637
Instructor-Moderated Course Code: na6