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Access 2007 for Starters : The Missing Manual - Matthew MacDonald

Access 2007 for Starters

The Missing Manual


Published: 4th February 2007
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This fast-paced book teaches you the basics of Access 2007 so you can start using this popular database program right away. You'll learn how to work with Access' most useful features to design databases, maintain them, search for valuable nuggets of information, and build attractive forms for quick-and-easy data entry.
The new Access is radically different from previous versions, but with this book, you'll breeze through the new interface and its timesaving features in no time with:
Clear explanations Step-by-step instructions Lots of illustrations Larger type Plenty of friendly advice
Ideal for small businesses and households, Access runs on PCs and manages large stores information, including numbers, pages of text, and pictures -- everything from a list of family phone numbers to an enormous product catalog. Unfortunately, each new version of the program crammed in yet another set of features -- so many that even the pros don't know where to find them all. Access 2007 breaks the mold: Microsoft changed the user interface by designing a tabbed toolbar that makes features easy to locate.

One thing that hasn't improved is Microsoft's documentation. Even if you find the features you need, you still may not know what to do with them. "Access 2007 for Starters: The Missing Manual" is the perfect primer for small businesses with no techie to turn to, as well as those who want to organize household and office information.

What You Can Do with Access
The New Face of Access 2007
About This Book One
Storing Information in Tables
Creating Your First Database
Understanding Access Databases
Getting Started
Creating a New Database
Understanding Tables
Creating a Simple Table
Editing a Table
Saving and Opening Access Databases
Making Backups
Saving a Database with a Different Name or Format
Opening a Database
Opening More Than One Database at Once
Opening a Database Created in an Older Version of Access
Creating Another Database
The Navigation Pane
Browsing Tables with the Navigation Pane
Managing Database Objects
Building Smarter Tables
Understanding Data Types
Design View
Organizing and Describing Your Fields
How Updates Work in Design View
Access Data Types
The Primary Key
Creating Your Own Primary Key Field
Six Principles of Database Design
Choose Good Field Names
Break Down Your Information
Include All the Details in One Place
Avoid Duplicating Information
Avoid Redundant Information
Include an ID Field
Mastering the Datasheet: Sorting, Searching, Filtering, and More
Datasheet Customization
Formatting the Datasheet
Rearranging Columns
Resizing Rows and Columns
Hiding Columns
Freezing Columns
Datasheet Navigation
Printing the Datasheet
Print Preview
Fine-Tuning a Print out
Blocking Bad DataData Integrity Basics
Preventing Blank Fields
Setting Default Values
Preventing Duplicate Values with Indexes
Input MasksUsing a Ready-Made Mask
Validation RulesApplying a Field Validation Rule
Writing a Field Validation Rule
Creating a Table Validation RuleLookups
Creating a Simple Lookup with Fixed Values
Adding New Values to Your Lookup List
Linking Tables with Relationships
Relationship Basics
Redundant Data vs. Related Data
Matching Fields: The Relationship Link
Linking with the ID Column
The Parent-Child Relationship
Using a Relationship
Defining a Relationship
Editing Relationships
Referential Integrity
Navigating a Relationship
Lookups with Related Tables
More Exotic Relationships
One-to-One Relationship
Many-to-Many Relationship
Relationship Practice
The Music School
The Chocolate Store Two
Manipulating Data with Queries
Queries That Select RecordsQuery Basics
Creating Queries
Creating a Query in Design View
Creating a Simple Query with the Query Wizard
Queries and Related Tables
Joining Tables in a Query
Outer Joins
Multiple Joins
Query Power: Calculated Fields and Text Expressions
Calculated Fields
Defining a Calculated Field
Simple Math with Numeric Fields
Expressions with Text
Queries That Update Records
Understanding Action Queries
Testing Action Queries (Carefully)
The Action Query Family
Update Queries
Append Queries
Creating an Append (or Make-Table) Query
Delete Queries Three
Printing Reports and using forms
Creating Reports
Report Basics
Creating a Simple Report
Arranging a Report
Adding and Removing Fields
The Many Views of a Report
Creating a Report from Scratch
Printing, Previewing, and Exporting a Report
Previewing a Report
Exporting a Report
Getting the Save As PDF Add-inFormatting a Report
Formatting Columns and Column Headers
Filtering and Sorting a Report
Filtering a Report
Sorting a Report
Creating Simple Forms
Form Basics
Creating a Simple Form
Using a Form
Sorting and Filtering in a Form
Sorting a Form
Filtering a Form
Using the Filter by Form Feature
Saving Filters for the Future
The Form Wizard Four
Sharing access with the rest of the world
Importing and Exporting Data
Case for Importing and Exporting
Understanding Exports
Understanding Imports
Using the Clipboard
Copying a Table from Access to Somewhere Else
Copying Cells from Excel into Access
Import and Export Operations
Importable File Types
Importing Data
Importing from an Excel File
Importing from a Text File
Exportable File Types
Exporting Data
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ISBN: 9780596528331
ISBN-10: 0596528337
Series: Missing Manual
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 396
Published: 4th February 2007
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc, USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 17.78  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52