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Special Edition Using Microsoft® Office XP by Woody Leonhard, Ed Bott

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Planning an Access Database

Of all the Office applications, Microsoft Access is by far the most demanding and conceptually challenging. Anyone who's ever composed an interoffice memo or put together a budget can relate to Word and Excel instantly; an Access database, on the other hand, is made up of many individual objects, each of which must be built individually. With a wizard's help, it's possible to put together a simple database application in a relatively short time—to handle everything from tracking the contents of a wine cellar to managing inventory. Access applications can also scale up to enormous sizes, serving the information needs of large organizations and acting as a front end to data stored on mainframes and other network databases. ...

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