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Conventions Used in This Book

The people at Sams Publishing have spent many years developing and publishing computer books designed for ease of use and to contain the most up-to-date information available. With that experience, we've learned what features help you the most. Look for these features throughout the book to help enhance your learning experience and get the most out of Access:

  • Screen messages, code listings, and command samples appear in monospace type.

  • Uniform resource locators (URLs) used to identify pages on the Web and values for HTML attributes also appear in monospace type.

  • Terms that are defined in the text appear in italics. Italics are sometimes used for emphasis, too. If a term is defined in a paragraph, a new term icon appears at the beginning of the paragraph.

  • In code lines, placeholders for variables are indicated by italic monospace type.

Tips give advice on quick or overlooked procedures, including shortcuts.


Notes present useful or interesting information that isn't necessarily essential to the current discussion but might augment your understanding with background material or advice related to the topic.


Cautions warn you about potential problems a procedure might cause, unexpected results, or mistakes that could prove costly.


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