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Chapter 14. Building Excel Databases > Excel or Access: Which Program Should Yo...

Excel or Access: Which Program Should You Choose?

There are some basic considerations to contemplate when deciding which program to use for your data-some of these considerations have little to do with the results you expect to achieve from your database:

  • If you only have Excel on your computer, that's probably the program you want to use.

  • If Excel is the only program you know how to use, you might not want to or be able to take the time to learn how to use a dedicated database program, such as Access.

  • If others are going to use your database, you will want to consider their skills as well. Which program is available to the other people who will use this database? With what program are they more comfortable? What is their preference?


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