Introduction to Microsoft Access 2013

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This Introduction to Microsoft Access 2013 training class starts by covering basic database concepts. Students will then learn to design and create databases and tables, query those tables, and create forms and reports.

  1. Overview of Databases and Access
    1. Definition of "Database"
    2. Spreadsheets vs. Databases
    3. Excel vs. Access
    4. Definition of "Relational Database"
    5. Definition of "Relational Database Management System (RDBMS)"
    6. Access as an RDBMS
    7. Capabilities of Access
    8. Limitations of Access
  2. Quick Overview of the Access Interface
    1. Menu
    2. Shortcut Menu
    3. Ribbon
    4. Object Navigation Pane
    5. Work Surface
    6. Access Options Dialog
  3. Database Objects and Their Views
    1. Tables
      1. Definition
      2. Purpose
      3. Table Views in Access
    2. Queries
      1. Definition
      2. Purpose
      3. Types
      4. Query Views in Access
    3. Forms
      1. Definition
      2. Purpose
      3. Form Views in Access
    4. Reports
      1. Definition
      2. Purpose
      3. Report Views in Access
    5. Macros and Modules
      1. Definition
      2. Purpose
  4. Planning a Database
    1. Questions to Ask
      1. What Is the Purpose of the Database?
      2. Who Will Use the Database?
      3. What Kind of Output Will I Need from the Database?
      4. What Process Is the Database Replacing or Improving?
      5. Other Questions
    2. Start on Paper
      1. Look at the Forms You Already Use
      2. Receipts
      3. Bank Statements
      4. Surveys
      5. Membership Applications
      6. Determine Your Data Needs
      7. Organize Your Data around Big Concepts
      8. Put It on Paper
    3. Basic Normalization
      1. Eliminate Repeating Groups
      2. Create Separate Tables for Each Set of Related Attributes and Assign Each a Primary Key
      3. Eliminate Redundant Data
      4. Eliminate Columns that Don't Depend on the Key
      5. Summary
  5. Fundamentals
    1. Creating a Database
    2. Tables, Records, Fields
    3. Primary Key
    4. Foreign Key
    5. Relationships
  6. Tables
    1. Creating a Table with the Table Wizard
    2. Creating a Table in Design View
      1. Design View Interface
      2. Creating Fields
      3. Assigning a Key Field
  7. Forms
    1. Form Wizard
    2. Creating a Table-based Form Using the Form Wizard
      1. Selecting Fields
      2. Layout
      3. Tweaking in Design View
  8. Reports
    1. Report Wizard
    2. Creating a Table-based Report Using the Report Wizard
      1. Selecting Fields
      2. Grouping
      3. Sort Order
      4. Layout
      5. Tweaking in Design View

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