Access runs on the Windows operating system. We'll be using Microsoft Office Access 2003 (which we'll just call "Access 2003" in the rest of this book), which runs on Windows 95 or any later version of Windows. We assume that you already know how to start Windows, log in, and use the mouse; from there, we'll teach you everything else that you need to know to get started.
There are some key terms you should know. Understanding the distinctions between these various actions will help you follow the numerous step-by-step examples in this book on your own computer.