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Chapter 1. A Quick Tour of Office > Organizing Data with Access

Organizing Data with Access

Microsoft Access lets you create and manage relational databases. A relational database is a collection of data stored in related tables. A relational database offers flexible and powerful search and query capabilities, particularly compared to a flat-file database. An example of a flat-file database is a text file that contains names, one per line.

You can do relatively little with a flat-file database, but a relational database such as Access (see Figure 1.17) offers the capability to store data in multiple tables and extract information in an almost unlimited number of ways. Here are some examples of information you might store in a database:


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