You can start Access and open a database in a variety of ways. Here are the most common ways:
Click Start, point to All Programs, and click Microsoft Access.
Double-click a shortcut to MSACCESS.
Double-click a shortcut to a database file.
Double-click a database file name in a folder.
With the first two methods, Access starts, displaying a blank window from which a new database can be created or an existing one opened. With the last two methods, Access starts, and then it opens the specified database.
When you start a program by clicking a command on the Start button’s All Programs submenu, you are in fact clicking a shortcut. The entire Start menu is a hierarchical arrangement of shortcuts.
If your database will be used by ...