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Special Edition Using Access 97, Second Edition by Roger Jennings

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Understanding Access's Functions and Modes

Access, unlike word processing and spreadsheet applications, is a truly multifunctional program. Although word processing applications, for example, have many sophisticated capabilities, their basic purpose is to support text entry, page layout, and formatted printing. All word-processing applications' primary functions and supporting features are directed to these ends. You perform all word processing operations with views that represent a sheet of paper—usually 8 1/2×11 inches. Most spreadsheet applications use the row-column metaphor for all their functions—even for writing highly sophisticated programs in the applications' macro languages. The following sections describe Access's basic functions ...

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