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Congratulations on choosing Microsoft Access 2000! Access is one of the most powerful and flexible database management programs sold today. Whether you need a simple record of your home inventory or a complete business management system, Access can handle the job.

Although Access comes with many features to help beginners, it's still not a simple program. You probably won't be able to dive right in without instructions. But you certainly don't want to wade through a 500-page manual to find your way around!

  • You want a clear-cut, plain-English introduction to Access.

  • You need to create a professional-looking, usable database fast.

  • You don't have time to study database theory.

  • You need Sams Teach Yourself Access 2000 in 10 Minutes.

What Is Microsoft Access 2000?

Microsoft Access is a database management system, but I usually refer to it as a database program for short. This book covers Microsoft Access 2000, a version designed to work with Windows 95 or higher or Windows NT Workstation 3.51 or higher. It won't work on the 16-bit version of Windows (Windows 3.x).

Access enables you to collect, store, and arrange information as well as run reports that lead to conclusions. Here are just a few of the things you can do with Access:

  • Type data directly into a database or import it from another program.

  • Sort, index, and organize the way you want.

  • Quickly create reports and mailing labels, using all or part of your data.

  • Make customized data entry forms that simplify the way less experienced computer users enter new information in the database.

  • Run queries that extract subsets of your data based on certain conditions.

Installing Access

If you purchased Access as part of the Microsoft Office 2000 suite, you probably installed it when you installed the suite. If you haven't installed Microsoft Access, simply insert your installation CD in-to your PC and follow the onscreen prompts to do so.

What Is the Sams Teach Yourself in 10 Minutes Series?

The Sams Teach Yourself in 10 Minutes series is a new approach to learning computer programs. Rather than try to cover the entire program, these books teach you only about the features that beginners will most likely need.

No matter what your professional demands, Sams Teach Yourself Access 2000 in 10 Minutes will help you find and learn the main features of the program and become productive with it quickly. You can learn this wonderfully logical and powerful program in a fraction of the time you would normally spend learning a new program.

Conventions Used in This Book

Each lesson in this book includes step-by-step instructions for performing a specific task. The following special boxes will help you along the way.

Timesaver Tips

These offer shortcuts and hints for using the program most effectively.

Plain English

These identify new terms and definitions.


These appear in places where new users often run into trouble.

Specific conventions in this book help you easily find your way around Microsoft Access:

  • What you select or type appears in bold, colored type.

  • Menu, Field, and Key names appear with the first letter capitalized.

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