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Lesson 1. What Is a Database? > How Access Stores Your Data

How Access Stores Your Data

In Access, you first need to create a database file. That file holds everything you create for that database—not only all the data, but also the customized forms, reports, and indexes. If you have two or more businesses, you might want to create two or more separate databases, one for each business.

Tables

The heart of each database is its tables. A table is a lot like a spreadsheet. Figure 1.1 shows a data table (or just table for short).


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