Chapter 2

Navigating the Access Workspace


check Getting started

check Checking out the tabs, buttons, and menus

check Using your mouse to get from here to there

check Letting your fingers do the walking

If you’re upgrading to Access (or Office) 2019 from the 2013 or 2016 interface, you’ll find it looks very familiar — and you’ll find much of it to be the same as what you’re accustomed to.

Of course, no matter how similar Access 2019 is to the 2010, 2013, and 2016 versions, we need to cover some of the key aspects of the interface — because we assume that if you’re reading this book, you’re looking for some help identifying and understanding key portions of the interface.

Let’s start with the File tab, where a vertical list of commands creates context-sensitive changes to the main workspace — essentially everything to the right of that left-hand menu panel.

  • To start a new database, click the word New in the File tab’s vertical menu of options. Starter templates appear along with the Blank Desktop Database button. Most of the time, you’ll be clicking the Blank Desktop Database button so ...

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