Intermediate Microsoft Access 2013

Intermediate Microsoft Access 2013

Develop a fully functional database that tracks customer and order information using Microsoft Access 2013. This course will provide advanced techniques for presenting data, automating common tasks, and building navigation as 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.

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6 Weeks Access Course Code: ai3
Start Dates*Nov 16 | Dec 14 | Jan 18
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$129.00 USD


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 start-up options.



A basic understanding of Microsoft Access objects and their use or completion of Introduction to Microsoft Access 2010 or Introduction to Microsoft Access 2013 course 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 and Safari are 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.


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.


After having taken several courses, this has to be the best, and most useful, class I have taken to date. I can't believe all that I learned, and all that was directly applicable to my current job. Thank you a million times over again!

I was a little apprehensive taking this course as it was the first course I have taken online, but I have nothing but great things to say about this course. I was able to review the lessons, assignments and quizzes on my own time when it suited my schedule. I've kept track of my personal expenses in Excel for the past few years, and during the course, I created a database to house the data and run reports...I have recommended this course to other coworkers.

I have nothing but great things to say about this course. I was able to review the lessons, assignments and quizzes on my own time when it suited my schedule. I've kept track of my personal expenses in Excel for the past few years, and during the course, I created a database to house the data and run reports. After completing the assignment for a lesson, I would apply the knowledge to my own database; it was excellent to re-enforce the concepts...I have recommended this course to other coworkers, and would happily take an Advanced Access 2013 course if it was offered!

Great course! I'm trying to build my own resources and this was invaluable. Thank you!

I've taken several ed2go courses...and yet again, I'm very impressed. The instructor was very knowledgeable and answered questions promptly and accurately. I was hoping to get a better grasp of Access 2013 and after taking this course I can say that I certainly understand it much better. In addition to Ken Cook's great writing style, I enjoyed the interactive quizzes he included within the lessons. These interactive tools made the online learning more interesting and were a great learning tool as well...Mr. Cook made a challenging subject easy to understand.

This course was very well done. I liked the interactive components that the instructor added. I now have a good starting point for moving forward with my own Access project.

The instructor responded to questions promptly in the discussion area. The instructor spent a lot of time helping me resolve my problems. I learned a lot of interesting information by taking the course.

This instructor, in my mind, met and exceeded all of my expectations regarding an online course. Videos were helpful, in that they established the framework for what was to follow. Quizzes and Final Exam questions were meaningful and were tough enough, but there were none in the "ridiculous" level (I have had those before!) Great course! Loved it!

Ken did a wonderful job of presenting the course material, some of which was quite complex. I enjoyed the challenge of learning the material in order to complete this course.

This course has given me the tools to make my existing database at work more functional and user-friendly. Since I was self-taught, I had many gaps and this class has helped fill them. I appreciate finally having solutions to all the problems I've encountered for a very long time. Thank you so much!