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Part VI: Managing Data with Microsoft Access

Part VI: Managing Data with Microsoft Access

How many times have you heard that we live in the “Information Age”? We don’t have to look far to be convinced. Everything seems to be about lists and data and donors and inventory. We have mountains of data to store—data about ourselves, our clients, our pets, our projects, our stuff. How will we store it? How will we make sense of it? And how will we retrieve it when we need it? Microsoft Access is all about answering those questions, whether you need a complex programmable database that drives the ordering and fulfillment system for your online enterprise or whether you need a simple database that records the inoculation records of your new litter of Newfoundland pups.

In this part of the book, you’ll learn how to create a simple database, retrieve information from it, and print a report based on the results you find. Chapter 17, “Getting Started with Databases,” provides the foundation for the rest of your work with Access by showing you how to create and save a new database, and enter data. Chapter 18, “Working with Your Data,” focuses on what you're likely to do with the data once you’ve entered it into Access—sort, organize, and display the data you want to see. By the time you get to Chapter 19, “Preparing and Printing Reports in Microsoft Access,” you’ll be ready to find ways to produce reports that can be printed, saved to a file, or published on the Web.



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