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Microsoft Access 2002 is a powerful, relational database software package that makes it easy for you to create and manage complex databases. With Access, you can create a database quickly from scratch or by using an Access Database Wizard. Once you've created your database, Access provides all the tools you need to enter and manipulate data.

The What and Why of Microsoft Access

Access can help you manage any size database, from simple contact lists to complex business databases. Using Microsoft Access, you can do the following:

  • Quickly start a new database by using the Database Wizard

  • Create tables from scratch or by using a wizard

  • Add and edit database information by using both tables and forms

  • Manipulate data in a number of tables by using queries and reports

While providing you with many advanced database features, Microsoft Access is built so that even the novice database user can build and maintain a database. This book will help you understand the possibilities awaiting you with Microsoft Access 2002.

Why Que's 10 Minute Guide to Microsoft Access 2002?

The 10 Minute Guide to Microsoft Access 2002 can save you precious time while you get to know the different features that Microsoft Access provides. Each lesson is designed to be completed in 10 minutes or less, so you'll be up to snuff on many Access features quickly.

Although you can jump around among lessons, starting at the beginning is a good plan. The bare-bones basics are covered first, and more advanced topics are covered later. If you need help installing Access, see the next section for instructions.

Installing Access

You can install Microsoft Access 2002 on a computer running Microsoft Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, and Windows XP. Microsoft Access can be installed as a stand-alone product and is also available as part of the Microsoft Office XP suite (both of these flavors of Access come on a CD-ROM).

To install Access, follow these steps:

  1. Start your computer. Then insert the Microsoft Access or Micro soft XP Office CD in the CD-ROM drive. The CD-ROM should autostart, providing you with the opening installation screen.

  2. If the CD-ROM does not autostart, choose Start, Run. In the Run dialog box, type the letter of the CD-ROM drive, followed by setup (for example, e:\setup). If necessary, use the Browse button to locate and select the CD-ROM drive and the setup.exe program.

  3. When the Setup Wizard prompts you, enter your name, organization, and CD key in the appropriate box.

  4. Choose Next to continue.

  5. The next Wizard screen provides instructions to complete the installation. After providing the appropriate information on each screen, select Next to advance from screen to screen.

After you complete the installation from the CD, icons for Access and any other Office applications you might have installed will be provided on the Windows Start menu. Lesson 2 in this book provides you with a step-by-step guide to starting Access 2002.

Conventions Used in This Book

To help you move through the lessons easily, these conventions are used:

On-screen text On-screen text appears in bold type.
Text you should type Information you need to type appears in a different bold, typeface.
Items you select Commands, options, and icons you are to select and keys you are to press appear in bold type.

In telling you to choose menu commands, this book uses the format menu title, menu command. For example, the statement "choose File, Properties" means to "open the File menu and select the Properties command."

In addition to those conventions, the 10 Minute Guide to Microsoft Access 2002 uses the following icons to identify helpful information:

Plain English

terms New or unfamiliar terms are defined in term sidebars.


Tips Read these tips for ideas that cut corners and confusion.


Cautions This icon identifies areas where new users often run into trouble; these cautions offer practical solutions to those problems.

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