Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Additional Microsoft Office Programs
Unique Elements in Access
You work on objects such as tables, forms, and reports in the Access work area . In
Figure 74, the Access window contains no open objects. Figure 75 shows a work area with
multiple objects open. Object tabs for the open objects appear at the top of the work
area. You select an open object by clicking its tab. In the i gure, the Suppliers Split Form
is the selected object. To the left of the work area is the Navigation Pane, which contains
a list of all the objects in the database. You use this pane to open an object. You also can
customize the way objects are displayed in the Navigation Pane.
Because the Navigation Pane can take up space in the window, you may not have as
much open space for working as you would with Word or Excel. You can use the Shutter
Bar Open/Close button to minimize the Navigation Pane when you are not using it,
which allows more space to work with tables, forms, reports, and other database elements.
Access work area
with multiple
objects open
object tab
object tabs
Shutter Bar
mouse pointer
scroll box
view buttons
status bar
Figure 75
Ribbon When you start Access, the Ribbon displays i ve main tabs: File, Home, Create,
External Data, and Database Tools. Access has unique groupings such as Sort & Filter and
Records that are designed specii cally for working with databases. Many of the formatting
options are reserved for the tool tabs that appear when you are working with forms and
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