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Creating a New Database

A database created without using one of the database wizards is empty; it doesn't contain any tables, forms, or reports. Unlike new documents created with other Microsoft Office 2003 programs, a blank Access database must be saved to a hard disk or floppy disk before you can work with it. Once you save the database, you can add the elements, such as fields, tables, queries, reports, and forms, and the features your database requires. If you already have a database that you want to use as the starting point for a new database, you can create a new database from an existing one.

Create a Blank Database

Click the New button on the Standard toolbar.

Click Blank Database.

Click the Save In list arrow, and then select the location where you want to save the new database.

Type in a name for the database.

Click Create.

Create a New Database From an Existing Database

Click the New button on the Standard toolbar.

Click From Existing File.

Click the Look In list arrow, and then select the location where the database you want to use as the basis for a new database.

Click the the database file.

Click Create New.

Access creates a new database with the existing database name and a number at the end.

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