Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Session 1.1
A company such as NSJI benefits from a relational DBMS because it allows users work-
ing in different departments to share the same data. More than one user can enter data
into a database, and more than one user can retrieve and analyze data that was entered
by others. For example, NSJI will store only one copy of the Employer table, and all
employees will be able to use it to meet their specific requests for employer information.
Finally, unlike other software programs, such as spreadsheets, a DBMS can handle
massive amounts of data and can easily form relationships among multiple tables. Each
Access database, for example, can be up to two gigabytes in size and can contain up to
32,768 objects (tables, queries, and so on).
Opening an Existing Database
Now that you’ve learned some database terms and concepts, you’re ready to start Access
and open the Seasonal database.
To start Access:
1. Click the Start button on the taskbar, point to All Programs , point to Microsoft Office ,
and then click Microsoft Office Access 2003 . The Access window opens. See Figure 1-4.
Trouble? If you don’t see the Microsoft Office Access 2003 option on the Microsoft Office
submenu, look for it on a different submenu or as an option on the All Programs menu. If
you still cannot find the Microsoft Office Access 2003 option, ask your instructor or techni-
cal support person for help.
Microsoft Access window
Figure 1-4
task pane
a list of recently
used databases
might appear here
status bar
Trouble? If the Access program window on your computer is not maximized, click the
Maximize button
on the program window title bar.
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