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Chapter 4. Navigating the Access User In... > Understanding Access Functions and M...

Understanding Access Functions and Modes

Access, unlike word-processing and spreadsheet applications, is a truly multifunctional program. Although word-processing applications, for example, have many sophisticated capabilities, their basic purpose is to support text entry, page layout, and formatted printing. The primary functions and supporting features of all word-processing applications are directed to these ends. You perform all word-processing operations with views that represent a sheet of paper. Most spreadsheet applications use the row-column metaphor for all their functions. In contrast, Access consists of a multitude of related tools for generating, organizing, segregating, displaying, printing, and publishing data. The following sections describe Access's basic functions and operating modes.

Defining Access Functions

To qualify as a full-fledged relational database management system (RDBMS), an application must perform the following four basic but distinct functions, each with its own presentation to the user:


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