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Part I: Getting to Know Access > Take a Quick Tour of Access

Chapter 2. Take a Quick Tour of Access

In this chapter

  • Decide whether to begin from scratch or use a template

  • Learn how to launch Access and how to create, open, and exit a database

  • Become familiar with the application window

Getting started might be your biggest hurdle in learning Access. If you’ve worked with spreadsheets and word processors in the past but never looked at Access, you might be unsure about what a database does and how to get started with it. Access is called a relational database management system (RDBMS) because it stores data and provides tools with which you can manipulate that data. Fortunately, Microsoft has gone a long way toward making Access an easy-to-use product, even for the novice.


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