Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Click Microsoft Offi ce
Access 2007 to start
Access and display
the Getting Started
with Microsoft
Offi ce Access screen
(Figure 1–6).
list of recently
opened databases
(currently there
are none)
If the Access window
is not maximized, click
the Maximize button
next to the Close
button on its title bar to
maximize the window.
What is a maximized
A maximized window
fi lls the entire screen.
When you maximize a
window, the Maximize
button changes to a
Restore Down button.
available template
categories (your list
may be different)
some available
templates (your list
may be different)
links to additional
training, templates,
downloads, and
other information
your screen may
look different
Figure 1–6
Other Ways
1. Double-click Access icon
on desktop, if one is
2. Click Microsoft
Offi ce Access 2007 on
Start menu
Creating a Database
In Access, all the tables, reports, forms, and queries that you create are stored in a single
fi le called a database. Thus, before creating any of these objects, you fi rst must create the
database that will hold them. You can use either the Blank Database option or a template
to create a new database. If you already know the tables and fi elds you want in your
database, you would use the Blank Database option. If not, you can use a template. Templates
can guide you by suggesting some commonly used databases. If you choose to create a
database using a template, you would use the following steps.
1. If the template you wish to use is not already visible on the Getting Started with
Microsoft Offi ce Access page, double-click the links in the Template Categories pane
to display the desired template.
2. Click the template you wish to use.
3. Enter a fi le name (or accept the suggested fi le name) and select a location for the database.
4. Click the Create button to create the database or the Download button to download
the database and create the database, if necessary.
When you create a database, the computer places it on a storage medium, such as a
USB fl ash drive, CD, or hard disk. A saved database is referred to as a fi le . A fi le name is
the name assigned to a fi le when it is saved.
Naming Files
File names can be
a maximum of 255
characters including the
fi le extension. The fi le
extension for Access
2007 is .accdb. You can
use either uppercase or
lowercase letters in fi le
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