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Part 5. Using Access

Part 5. Using Access

Access is a database program that enables you to store, manipulate, manage, and retrieve data. If you're new to the world of databases, this might sound a bit intimidating. You work with databases each day, though, so you probably know more about them than you think. Your local telephone directory, for example, is a database. Do you have a Rolodex file on your desk? That's a database, too. And so is the card catalog at your nearby library. In its strictest sense, a database is simply a collection of information.

You can use an Access database to store information, just as directories or Rolodex cards do. In addition to storing the data, you can manipulate it in many ways. If you keep a database of your customers in Access, for example, you can sort them by ZIP Code, print out a list of all the customers who haven't ordered from you in the past six months, and create an order entry form your employees can use to process phone orders. That's only the tip of the iceberg: You can manage and manipulate your data for many purposes.


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