Introduction to Microsoft Access


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This Introduction to Microsoft Access 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. Our instructor-led online classes are conducted in the 2013 version of the software. Your instructor will point out the minor differences between versions where they exist. For our custom instructor-led online and onsite classes, we use the version of the software you use in your office.

  1. Overview of Databases and Access
    1. "Database" Defined
    2. Databases vs Spreadsheets
      1. Questions to Ask When Deciding Whether to Use a Spreadsheet or a Database
    3. Access vs Excel
      1. Discussion Questions
    4. "Relational Database" Defined
      1. Terminology
      2. Observations
    5. "Relational Database Management System" (RDBMS) Defined
    6. Access Is an RDBMS
    7. Benefits and Limitations of Access
      1. Discussion Questions
  2. Quick Overview of the Access User Interface
    1. Access Ribbon
      1. FILE
      2. HOME
      3. CREATE
      6. Contextual Tabs
    2. Quick Access Toolbar
    3. Object Navigation Pane
    4. Access Work Surface
    5. Access Options Dialog Box
  3. Tables and Their Views
    1. Tables
      1. Definition and Purpose
      2. Datasheet View
  4. Other Database Objects and Their Views
    1. Queries
      1. Definition and Purpose
      2. Types
    2. Forms
      1. Definition and Purpose
    3. Reports
      1. Definition and Purpose
    4. Macros and Modules
      1. Definition and Purpose
  5. Fundamentals
    1. Questions to Ask Before You Start
      1. What Is the Purpose of the Database?
      2. Who Will Use the Database?
      3. What Kind of Output Is Needed from the Database?
      4. What Process Is the Database Replacing or Improving?
    2. Approaches to Database Design
      1. Top-Down Database Design
      2. Bottom-Up Database Design
      3. Reality
    3. Gather Information
      1. Discussion
    4. Normalization
      1. First Normal Form
      2. Second Normal Form
      3. Third Normal Form
    5. Table Relationships
      1. Relationship Types
  6. Tables
    1. Creating an Access Database
    2. Data Types
    3. Create a Table in Design View
  7. Forms
    1. One-Click Forms
      1. Basic Data Entry Form
      2. Basic Multi-Record Form
      3. Datasheet Form
      4. Split Form
    2. Form Wizard
      1. Create a Form with the Form Wizard
  8. Reports
    1. One-Click Report
    2. Report Wizard
      1. Create a Report Using the Report Wizard

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