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Hour 17. Access 2003 Basics > Creating a Database

Creating a Database

Generally, when you need to create a new database, you'll start Access and select Blank Database from the New File task pane. Enter the name of your database in the File New Database dialog box and click Create to generate the blank database file. Access offers the default database filename db1.mdb, but you should give your database a more meaningful name. For example, if you want to track rental property information, you might name the database Rentals. (Access adds the .mdb extension, so your database will be stored as Rentals.mdb.)

When you enter a name and click the Create button, Access displays the Database window, shown in Figure 17.4. The Database window title bar includes the name of your database (Rentals in Figure 17.4). As you add to your database, the Database window shows the various components of the database, such as tables.


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