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Access 2013: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald

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The Missing Credits

About the Author

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Matthew MacDonald is a four-time Microsoft MVP and a technology writer with well over a dozen books to his name. Office geeks can follow him into the world of spreadsheets with Excel 2013: The Missing Manual. Web fans can build an online home with him in Creating a Website: The Missing Manual. And human beings of all descriptions can discover just how strange they really are in the quirky handbooks Your Brain: The Missing Manual and Your Body: The Missing Manual.

About the Creative Team

Nan Barber (editor) has worked with the Missing Manual series since the previous millennium. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and iMac. Email: .

Kara Ebrahim (production editor) lives, works, and plays in Cambridge, MA. She loves graphic design and all things outdoors. Email: .

Nan Reinhardt (proofreader) lives in the Midwest, where she enjoys summer weekends at the lake, boating, swimming, and reading voraciously. Nan is not only a freelance copyeditor and proofreader, but she’s also a published romance novelist. Check out her work at www.nanreinhardt.com. Email: .

Ron Strauss (indexer) specializes in the indexing of information technology publications of all kinds. Ron is also an accomplished classical violist and lives in northern California with his wife and fellow indexer, Annie, and his miniature pinscher, Kanga. Email: .

Andrew Vickers (technical reviewer) has been building bespoke Access databases for his clients since Access 97 in 1999. He has also developed a number of database products for the property industry through his company Hartlebury Software in Worcestershire, UK (www.hartleburysoftware.co.uk).

Paloma Fautley (technical reviewer) is a student currently pursuing a degree in Robotics Engineering. She has used various versions of Access from 2003 on and has both developed and manipulated databases professionally for years. Email: .

Acknowledgements

Writing a book about a program as sprawling and complex as Access is a labor of love (love of pain, that is). I’m deeply indebted to a whole host of people who helped out with this edition and the two previous ones. They include Nan Barber, Brian Sawyer, and Nellie McKesson, and technical reviewers Andrew Vickers, Paloma Fautley, John Pierce, James Turner, Juel Bortolussi, and Michael Schmalz. I also owe thanks to many people who worked to get this book formatted, indexed, and printed—you can meet many of them on the Missing Credits page.

Completing this book required a few sleepless nights (and many sleep-deprived days). I extend my love and thanks to my daughters, Maya and Brenna, who put up with it without crying most of the time, my dear wife, Faria, who mostly did the same, and our moms and dads (Nora, Razia, Paul, and Hamid), who contributed hours of babysitting, tasty meals, and general help around the house that kept this book on track. So thanks everyone—without you, half of the book would still be trapped inside my brain!

—Matthew MacDonald

The Missing Manual Series

Missing Manuals are witty, superbly written guides to computer products that don’t come with printed manuals (which is just about all of them). Each book features a handcrafted index and cross-references to specific pages (not just chapters). Recent and upcoming titles include:

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Office 2010: The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner and Matthew MacDonald

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Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual by Lesa Snider

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