In this chapter
Perhaps you've been looking at the Microsoft Access icon on your Start menu and wondering what you can use it for. Or perhaps you already have a database project in mind and don't quite know how to get started. Either way, you've come to the right place! Microsoft Access combines a friendly and easy-to-use interface with many powerful and professional features to produce a database anyone can use. As you work with Access, you'll discover new ways to view your data and turn that data into meaningful information. In this book, we'll help you go from that Start menu icon to a full working Access application.
But maybe you're not yet sure that you want to build a database. Can't you just stick with the spreadsheet interface of Microsoft Excel? In this chapter, we'll answer those questions and then give you a quick look at some of the useful and friendly features of Access.