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Chapter 1. Getting Started with Access > Viewing Database Objects

Viewing Database Objects

When you open an existing database, the first thing you usually see is the Database window. However, if the database was created with a switchboard, you need to close or minimize the switchboard before you can view the Database window. To view an open database or other database related windows, such as a switchboard, you can use the Window menu. If you need to switch between open databases or other open programs, you can click document buttons on the taskbar. Once you view the database window, you can view database objects, which are the building blocks of a database. Access databases can contain seven database object types. The table on the next page identifies the database objects that you use when creating and working with a database.

View the Database Window

Open the database.

If no special startup options are specified, the Database window opens automatically.

Click the Window menu.

Click the name of the database to view the Database window.

Databases with multiple users might have security measures in effect that prevent some users from accessing the Database window.


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