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Browsing Tables with the Navigation Pane
The Navigation Pane
Browsing Tables with the Navigation Pane
The navigation pane shows the objects that are part of your database, and it lets you
manipulate them. However, you don’t necessarily see all your database objects at all
times. The navigation pane has several different viewing modes, so you can home in
on exactly what interests you.
When you first create a database, the navigation pane shows only the tables in your
database. That’s good enough for now—after all, your database doesn’t contain
anything but the tables you’ve created.
To really try out the navigation pane, you need a database with more than one table.
To give it a whirl, choose Create Tables Table from the ribbon to add a new blank
table. Follow all the steps on page 694 to define the table and insert a record or two.
Tip: Not sure what table to create? Try creating a Collectors table that tracks all the friends you know who
share the same bobbleheaded obsession. Now try to come up with a few useful fields for this table (while
remembering that there’s no need to go crazy with the details yet), and then compare your version to the
example in Figure 25-16.
Once you’ve added the new table, you see both the new table and the old in the
navigation pane at the same time. If you want to open a table, just double-click it in
the navigation pane. If you have more than one datasheet open at once, then Access
organizes them into tabs (see Figure 25-16).
The tab for the
Collectors table
Figure 25-16:
Using the navigation
pane, you can open as
many tables at once
as you want. Access
gives each datasheet
a separate tabbed
window. To move
from one window to
another, you just click
the corresponding tab.
If you’re feeling a bit
crowded, just click the
X at the far right of the
tab strip to close the
current datasheet.
The tab for the
Dolls table
Close the current tab
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