Chapter 1: Introducing Access

In This Chapter

arrow.png Understanding how databases work

arrow.png Looking at tables, queries, forms, and other database objects

arrow.png Creating a database

arrow.png Opening and closing tables

arrow.png Designing the tables, queries, forms, and the other parts of a database

The word database is prone to making most people feel kind of queasy. Can you blame them? Database terminology — record, field, and filter — is the worst of the worst. It even puts other computer terminology to shame. Databases intimidate most people. Even brave souls with a considerable amount of experience in Word and Excel shy away from Access, the Office 2013 database program. However, Access can be invaluable for storing and organizing customer lists, inventories, addresses, payment histories, donor lists, and volunteer lists. What’s more, Access is easy to use, after you get the hang of it. No kidding!

This chapter introduces databases and the concepts behind databases. It shows you how to create a database and database ...

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