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Introduction xvi form or report, for example, so to perform the exercises yourself, be sure to use the version of the database we refer to. Having a starting point for each chapter also lets you jump ahead a chapter or work with chapters out of order if you want to. (See the file HelloWorld_readme.txt, included on the CD, for more information about working with the sample database files.) The HelloWorld database is intended to provide examples that you can learn from as well as to represent the kind of desktop database application that you can build in Access 2003. You are free to modify for your own purposes any of the database objects included in the HelloWorld database and to use or modify any of the Visual Basic code that the database contains. If anyone reading this introduction sees the phrase "Visual Basic code" and thinks this book is beyond them, you might be pleasantly surprised to discover that it's not. Learning how to work with Visual Basic at the level you'll find in this book takes some practice (and some trial and error per- haps), but the effort is most often worth it. You can, of course, create fully functioning databases in Access without using any Visual Basic at all. You'll see numerous examples of this throughout the book as we add to and modify the HelloWorld database. We hope, however, that you'll see that using even a little Visual Basic to help run a database expands possibilities. And learning how you can, at the click of a button, make a database do something that you dreamed up can be both rewarding and fun. About This Book's CD-ROM The CD-ROM that accompanies this book contains the practice files you use in the book's hands- on examples as well as other tools and resources related to Microsoft Office Access 2003. The third-party software included on this companion CD and the links to third-party Web sites are not under the control of Microsoft Corporation. Microsoft is not responsible for their content, and the inclusion of these products and links on the CD should not be construed as an endorsement of the product or the site. Please check third-party Web sites for the latest version of their software. Also, software provided on this CD is in the English language only and may be incompatible with non-English language operating systems and software. To use the CD, insert it into your CD-ROM drive. If AutoRun is not enabled on your computer, double- click the file StartCD.exe in the root folder of the CD. (You'll be presented with a licensing agreement that you need to accept before you can install the files that come on the CD.) Companion CD Contents Here's a list of the content included on the companion CD that comes with Microsoft Office Acess 2003 Inside Track. The Readme.txt file on the CD includes more information about the files that it contains. You need to have Microsoft Internet Explorer installed on your computer to browse the Web pages included on the CD. · Practice Files The practice files include the Access database files you'll use when working through the hands-on examples as well as files such as Microsoft Excel spreadsheets that are used in some of the examples. For more information about the practice files, see the next section, "Installing and Using the Practice Files." · Bonus Content Included in Bonus Content are links to some of the training and assistance topics related to Access that are available through Microsoft Office Online. · Microsoft Resources The content in Microsoft Resources includes links to Access newsgroups, an Access 2003 feature summary, and demos related to Access, Microsoft InfoPath, and Mi- crosoft OneNote. This section of the companion CD also includes a link to the Microsoft Devel- oper Center Online.