Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Chapter 2: Getting Started, Getting Around
Chapter 2: Getting Started,
Getting Around
In This Chapter
Starting Access and opening a database
Understanding the Access window
Choosing commands from the Ribbon and the Quick Access toolbar
Getting around via the Navigation Pane
Viewing and working with Access objects
Managing your database in Backstage View
Saving keystrokes with keyboard shortcuts
Before you can do much with Access, you have to get it installed and
running. If Access isn’t already installed on your computer, see the
appendix for directions. Then come back to this chapter for pointers on
how to run Access and decipher the stuff you see in the Access window.
Running Access
Windows usually provides more than one way to perform a task; starting
Access is no exception. In Windows 7, to run it from the Start button, click
Start and choose All Programs Microsoft Access 2013 (unless you’ve
rearranged your Start menu). After you’ve run it a few times, Access probably
will appear on your Start menu, so choosing Start Microsoft Access 2013 will
get it going. In Windows 8, just click the Access 2013 tile on the Start screen.
Another way to get the program started is to double-click the name or icon
of an Access database in any Windows Explorer window or pretty much
anywhere else you see files listed. (This method both starts Access and opens
the database you double-click.) Alternatively, double-click the Access icon if
it appears on your Windows desktop.
When you start Access without opening a database, the Access 2013 window
shows the Welcome screen. On all subsequent launches of Access, what
you see looks like Figure 2-1, showing Backstage View. When no database is
open, Backstage View shows your choices for opening an existing database
or building a new database. We describe opening and creating databases in
the rest of this chapter. If you’re running Access for the first time, see the
nearby sidebar “Choosing whether to update Office automatically.”
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