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Chapter 2. Take a Quick Tour of Access > Opening a Database - Pg. 16

Take a Quick Tour of Access 16 Opening a Database After you're inside Access the adventure begins (refer to Figure 2.2). Right now, there's no active file, so let's explore the various methods for creating and opening a database: · · · · Beginning with a blank file Basing a new database on an existing database Renaming a database Using a template As you work through these tasks, you'll learn how to use some of the basic parts of the Access interface, including the New button on the database toolbar and the task pane. Tip The Windows Quick Launch bar (to the right of the Start button) displays small represen- tative icons for programs. Instead of browsing through all the programs on the Start menu, you can simply click the icon on the Quick Launch bar. To add Access to the Quick Launch bar, drag the Access icon from the Start menu to the Quick Launch portion of the taskbar. That's all there is to it! If your Quick Launch bar isn't visible, right-click an empty area on the taskbar and select Toolbars, Quick Launch. Beginning with a Blank File There are several ways to create a database, but most of the time, you'll probably just start with a blank database that contains no data or any of the other objects you learned about in Chapter 1, "Welcome to Databases." You'll be expected to build your application from the ground up. Here's how to create a new, blank database: 1. Click the Blank Database link under New in the task pane to display the File New Database dialog box. If the task pane isn't open, do one of the following: Click the New button on the Database toolbar, select New from the File menu, or press Ctrl+N. In the Save In list box at the top of the dialog box, select My Documents (the default). In the File Name text box, enter a name for the database--we entered MyDatabase. Don't change the Save As Type option, which defaults to Microsoft Office Access Databases (*.mdb). You'd change this option to create a workgroup file (.mdw), but don't do so now. At this point, your dialog box should resemble the one shown in Figure 2.3. Keep in mind that your system's file hierarchy won't be the same as ours. 2. 3. 4.