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Chapter 2. Take a Quick Tour of Access > Exploring the Access User Interface

Exploring the Access User Interface

Earlier, in Figure 2.2 we showed you the Access application window with its default interface tools and no open database. By default, Access displays the Database toolbar, menu bar, and task pane when you launch the program. In the next sections, you’ll learn more about these tools.

The Database Toolbar

First, let’s review all the tools on the Database toolbar, which is active before a database is open and when the Database window is current. Even with an open database, many of these tools are disabled, as they are in Figure 2.13. In addition, this toolbar automatically updates its available tools as you move from object to object. Table 2.2 defines each tool, from left to right.


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