Chapter 1. Welcome to Databases

In this chapter

  • Why you need a database

  • What databases can do for you that spreadsheets can't

  • How to launch Microsoft Access

  • A quick test drive of an Access database

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.

Absolute Beginner's Guide to Microsoft Office Access 2003
Absolute Beginners Guide to Microsoft Office Access 2003
ISBN: 0789729407
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2002
Pages: 124

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