Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Finding Your Way Around the Navigation Pane
4. Select the folder where you want to keep the database file, enter a
name in the File Name text box, and click OK.
5. Click the Create button.
The Navigation pane and a blank table appear. Later in this chapter,
“Finding Your Way Around the Navigation Pane” explains what this pane
is all about. I suggest you go there without delay or deferral.
Getting the help of a template
As I explain earlier, templates are wonderful if you have the wherewithal
to modify them. Access offers prefabricated databases for tracking
assets, keeping inventory, scheduling resources, and doing other things.
Unfortunately, the only way to find out whether one of the templates is
worthwhile is to go to the trouble to create a database from a template, open
up the database file, and look around.
Follow these steps to create a database file from a template:
1. On the File tab, choose New.
The New window opens.
2. Select a template or use the Search box to obtain a template from
Office.com.
3. Click the Browse button.
The File New Database dialog box opens.
4. Select the folder where you want to keep the database file, enter a
name in the File Name text box, and click OK.
5. Click the Create button.
The Navigation pane and a blank table appear. Read on to find out how
to find your way around the Navigation pane.
Finding Your Way Around the Navigation Pane
The first thing you see when you open most database files is a Navigation
pane like the one in Figure 1-5. This is the starting point for doing all your
work in Access. From here, you can select an object — that horrible word
again! — and begin working. Tables, queries, and other objects you create
are added to the Navigation pane when you create them.
 
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