Getting started with desktop databases

On first starting Access, you’ll see a new Office Start screen on the Backstage view, as shown in Figure 9-1. We will discuss all the elements of this New tab and the Backstage view as it pertains to desktop databases in greater detail in “Exploring the Microsoft Office Backstage view,” later in this chapter.

A screen shot of the Office Start screen in Access. This screen contains a list of many web app templates, desktop database templates, and buttons to create blank databases and blank web apps.

Figure 9-1. When you open Access 2013, you can see the new Office Start screen.


The examples in this chapter are based on the TasksSample.accdb desktop database which can be downloaded from the book’s catalog page at For more information about the sample files, see ...

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