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Creating Tables

Before exploring how to use Excel to manage a database, it's useful to look inside one for a tour of its fundamental objects: tables, joins, and queries. This chapter discusses those topics. With that discussion as a basis, Chapter 10, “Defining Fields and Records with ActiveX Data Objects and Data Access Objects,” shows you how to create and manage these objects from Excel.

Using Access, begin with the main database window. You create a new table by clicking the Tables tab or button (depending on your version) if necessary, and then clicking the New button. The dialog box shown in Figure 9.1 appears.


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