Lesson 2.15. File Management
Figure 2-34. The Open dialog box
Figure 2-35. The Views list button
File includes moving, copying, deleting, and renaming the files you've created. Although it's a little easier to work with and organize your files using Windows Explorer or My Computer, you can also perform a surprising number of file-management chores right from inside Microsoft Access 2003especially with its new and improved Open dialog box and Save As dialog box.
Click the Open button on the toolbar.
The Open dialog box appears. (See Figure 2-34 for the Open Dialog box's toolbar.) The Open dialog box is normally used to open files, but you can also use it to perform several file-management functions. There are two different ways to access file-management commands from inside the Open dialog box:
Right-click the Rename Me file.
A shortcut menu appears with a list of available file-management commands for the selected file.
Select Rename from the shortcut menu, type Home Budget, and press Enter.
You have just changed the name of the selected file from "Rename Me" to "Home Budget." Instead of right-clicking the file, you could have selected it and then selected Rename from the Tools menu. Move on to the next step to learn how to delete a file.
Click the Home Budget file to select it and press the Delete key.
A dialog box appears, asking you to confirm the deletion of the Home Budget file.
The Home Budget file is deleted. If you work with and create numerous files, you may find it difficult to remember what you named a file. To find the file(s) you're looking for, it can help to preview your files without opening them.
Click the Views button list arrow and select Details.
The Open dialog box changes the display of Access files in the Practice folder from List view to Details view. (Figure 2-35 shows and describes the different views.) Change back to List mode to display as many files in the window as possible.
Click the Views button list arrow, select List to display the files in List view, and then close the dialog box by clicking Cancel.
Table 2-7 outlines some commands you can choose from the shortcut menu.
Table 2-7. File Shortcut Menu Commands
Opens the selected file.
Depending on how your computer is set up, it lets you send the selected file to a printer, to an email recipient, to a fax, or to a floppy drive.
Used in conjunction with the Paste command to move files. Removes the selected file from its current folder or location.
Used in conjunction with the Paste command to copy files. Copies the selected file.
Creates a shortcuta quick way to a file or folder without having to go to its permanent location.
Deletes the selected file or files.
Renames the selected file.
Displays the properties of the selected file, such as when the file was created or last modified, or how large the file is.
BASIC FILE MANAGEMENT IN THE OPEN DIALOG BOX:
OPEN THE OPEN DIALOG BOX BY SELECTING FILE
RIGHT-CLICK THE FILE AND REFER TO TABLE 2-7 FOR A LIST OF THINGS YOU CAN DO TO THE SELECTED FILE, OR SELECT THE FILE AND SELECT A COMMAND FROM THE TOOLS MENU.
TO CHANGE HOW FILES ARE DISPLAYED: