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The Database Window

When you open a database, the Database window appears (refer to Figure 1.3). The Database window, which appears within the Access desktop window, allows you to select any of the Objects tabs. In Figure 1.3, for example, the Tables tab is selected. In addition to what its parent window, the Access desktop window, contains, the Database window contains its own buttons and objects. Table 1.1 describes these buttons and objects and what they do. The objects are discussed in more detail in the sections that follow.

Table 1.1. The Buttons and Objects in the Database Window
OpenOpens the object you have selected.
DesignAllows you to modify the design of the selected object.
NewOpens a new object based on the type of object selected.
TablesLists the tables in the database. Each table contains data about a particular subject.
QueriesLists the queries in the database. Each query is a stored question about data in the database.
FormsLists the forms in the database. Each form allows you to view, add, edit, and delete data.
ReportsLists the reports for the database. Each report allows you to send table data to the printer or screen in a format that you define.
PagesLists the data access pages. This allows viewing of and working with data from the Internet or an intranet.
MacrosLists the macros created to automate the way you work with data.
ModulesLists the modules of programming code created for the database.
Groups/FavoritesAllows you to create your own groups of favorite objects that you frequently work with (forms, reports, and so on). An example would be sales reports.



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