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Creating a New Database

In generic terms, a database stores a collection of information. Access databases are composed of tables, queries, forms, reports, data access pages, macros, and modules. Each table within a database should contain information about a particular subject. You use queries to extract specific information from one or more tables. The forms, reports, and data access pages provide a means of displaying your data. Finally, macros and modules allow you to build an integrated application.

When building an Access application, the first step you must take is to perform the necessary analysis and design steps. The section in Chapter 1 entitled “How Do I Get Started Developing an Access Application?” covers these initial steps. After you have a design document in place, you are ready to build the Access database. You can complete this process either using a wizard, or by building the database yourself from the ground up. The text that follows covers both of these options.


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