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Lesson 2. Planning your Database > What Reports Will You Want to Produce?

What Reports Will You Want to Produce?

A report satisfies your need for information about your data. It's usually printed (unlike tables and forms, which are usually used onscreen). For instance, you might want a report of all people who haven't paid their membership dues, or all accounts with a balance owed of more than $1,000. (You can find this information with a query, too, as you learn in Lesson 21.)

A report is usually for the benefit of other people who aren't sitting with you at your computer. For instance, you might print a report to hand out to your board of directors to encourage them to keep you on as CEO. A report can pull data from many tables at once, perform calculations on the data (such as summing or averaging), and present you with neatly formatted results. Here are some things you can do with reports:


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