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Chapter 1. Getting to Know Microsoft Acc... > Discovering What’s Special About Acc...

Discovering What’s Special About Access

Simple database programs, such as the Database component of Microsoft Works, can store information in only one table, which is often referred to as a flat file. These simple databases are often called flat databases. More complex database programs, such as Microsoft Access, can store information in multiple related tables, thereby creating what are often referred to as relational databases. If the information in a relational database is organized correctly, you can treat these multiple tables as a single storage area and pull information electronically from different tables in whatever order meets your needs.

A table is just one of the types of objects that you can work with in Access. The following graphic shows all the Access object types:


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