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 co-workers who also use Access 2002, you can set the default file format for new databases to Access 2002. Select the Tools menu, and then select Options. The Options dialog box opens.
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.