Selecting a Database File Type
One thing to discuss before you look at creating a new database is the database file format. By default, new databases created in Access 2002 are created in the Access 2000 file format. This makes your database files compatible with earlier versions of Access, such as Access 2000 and Access 97.
Saving the database in the Access 2000 file format does not negate you from using any of the tools or features available in Access 2002. If you use your database files only in Access 2002 and share the databases with
Select the Advanced tab on the Options dialog box. Click the Default File Format drop-down box and select Access 2002. Now take a look at creating new databases.
Creating a Blank Database
Creating a blank database is very straightforward. As mentioned previously, you are just creating the container file that holds all the objects that actually make up the database. To create a blan database, follow these steps:
Figure 3.2. A new database window opens in Access.
The database window provides you with a set of icons that allows you to select a particular object type. For example, the Tables icon is selected by default after you create the new database (which makes sense, because you need to create at least one table before you can create any of the other object types such as a form or a report).
Shortcuts for different
The database window enables you to view the different objects that you've created for a particular database (or those that have been created when you use the Database Wizard). When you want to switch the database window's focus to a different Access object, all you have to do is click the appropriate icon in the Objects list.
Different Ways to View the Database Windows
The toolbar on the database window provides buttons for opening or creating a particular database object, such as a table or a form. The toolbar also provides