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About the CD

About the CD

The companion CD that ships with this book contains many tools and resources to help you get the most out of your Inside Out book.

What’s On the CD

Your Inside Out CD includes the following:

  • Complete eBook. In this section you’ll find the an electronic version of Microsoft Office Access 2003 Inside Out. The eBook is in PDF format.

  • Insider Extras. This section includes sample files referenced in the book. Use these files to follow along with the examples in the book; you can also use them to form the basis for your own work. See also “Sample Applications,” later in this section for more detail.

  • Microsoft Resources. In this section, you’ll find information about additional resources from Microsoft that will help you get the most out of the Microsoft Office System. Building on the familiar tools that many people already know, the Microsoft Office System includes servers, services, and desktop programs to help address a broad array of business needs.

  • Extending Access. In this section, you’ll find great information about third-party utilities and tools you use to further enhance your experience with Access 2003.

  • Computer Dictionary, Fifth Edition eBook. Here you’ll find the full electronic version of the Microsoft Computer Dictionary, Fifth Edition. Suitable for home and office, the dictionary contains more than 10,000 entries.

The companion CD provides detailed information about the files on this CD and links to Microsoft and third-party sites on the Internet. All the files on this CD are designed to be accessed through Microsoft Internet Explorer (version 5.01 or higher).


Please note that the links to third-party sites are not under the control of Microsoft Corporation, and Microsoft is therefore not responsible for their content, nor should their inclusion on this CD be construed as an endorsement of the product or the site.

Software provided on this CD is in English language only and may be incompatible with non-English language operating systems and software.

Sample Applications

Throughout this book, you’ll see examples from three sample Access applications included on the companion CD. These are located in the Insider Extras area of the CD.

  • Wedding List ( WeddingList.mdb). This application is an example of a simple database that you might build for your personal use. It has a single main table where you can track the names and addresses of wedding invitees, whether they’ve said that they will attend, the description of any gift they sent, and whether a thank you note has been sent. Although you might be tempted to store such a simple list in an Excel spreadsheet or a Word document, this application demonstrates how storing the information in Access makes it easy to search and sort the data and produce reports.

  • Housing Reservations ( Housing.mdb). This application demonstrates how a company housing department might track and manage reservations in company-owned housing facilities for out-of-town employees and guests. This application includes data access pages that could be published on a company intranet for use by employees logging in from remote locations. You’ll also find HousingDataCopy.mdb and HousingDataCopy2.mdb files that contain many of the query, form, and report examples. The Housing2BSecured.mdb and HousingSecured.mdb files demonstrate how to design an application that works with Microsoft Access desktop security.

  • LawTrack Contacts ( Contacts.mdb, ContactsData.mdb, Contacts.adp, and ContactsSQL.mdf). This is a real application that I developed as part of a partnership with LawTrack Software Development (http://www.lawtrack.net/). It is both a contacts management and order entry database—two samples for the price of one! This sample database demonstrates how to build a client/server application using only desktop tools as well as how to “upsize” an application to create an Access project and related SQL Server tables, views, stored procedures, and functions. You will need to install the desktop version of SQL Server from your Microsoft Office 2003 Setup discs to be able to fully use the project version of this database. (See the Appendix for instructions.) You’ll also find a ContactsDataCopy.mdb file that contains additional query, form, and report examples.

Please note that the person names, company names, e-mail addresses, and Web site addresses in these databases are all fictitious. Although I preloaded both databases with sample data, the Housing Reservations and LawTrack Contacts databases also include a special form (zfrmLoadData) that has code to load random data into the sample tables based on parameters that you supply.

The examples in this book assume you have installed Microsoft Office 2003, not just Access 2003. Several examples also assume that you have installed all optional features of Access through the Office 2003 setup program. If you have not installed these additional features, your screen might not match the illustrations in this book or you might not be able to run some of the samples from the companion CD. A list of the additional features you will need to run all the samples in this book is included in the Appendix. The dialog boxes illustrated in this book were captured with the Office Assistant turned off.

Using the CD

To use this companion CD, insert it into your CD-ROM. Accept the license agreement that is presented to access the starting menu. If AutoRun is not enabled on your system, run StartCD.exe in the root of the CD or refer to the Readme.txt file.

System Requirements

Following are the minimum system requirements necessary to run the CD:

  • Microsoft Windows XP or later or Windows 2000 Professional with Service Pack 3 or later.

  • 266-MHz or higher Pentium-compatible CPU

  • 64 megabytes (MB) RAM

  • 8X CD-ROM drive or faster

  • Microsoft Windows–compatible sound card and speakers

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 or higher

  • Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device


System requirements may be higher for the add-ins available on the CD. Individual add-in system requirements are specified on the CD. An Internet connection is necessary to access the some of the hyperlinks. Connect time charges may apply.

Support Information

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the book and the contents of this companion CD. For feedback on the book content or this companion CD, please contact us by using any of the addresses listed in the “We’d Like to Hear From You” section.

Microsoft Press provides corrections for books through the World Wide Web at http://www.microsoft.com/mspress/support/. To connect directly to the Microsoft Press Knowledge Base and enter a query regarding a question or issue that you may have, go to http://www.microsoft.com/mspress/support/search.asp.

For support information regarding Office 2003, you can connect to Microsoft Technical Support on the Web at http://support.microsoft.com/.

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