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Access and Database windows
list of tables in
Trouble? The filename on your screen might be Seasonal.mdb instead of Seasonal,
depending on your computer’s default settings. The extension “.mdb” identifies the file as
a Microsoft Access database.
Trouble? If Tables is not selected in the Objects bar of the Database window, click it to
display the list of tables in the database.
Before you can begin working with the database, you need to become familiar with the
components of the Access and Database windows.
Exploring the Access and Database Windows
The Access window is the program window that appears when you start the program. The
Database window appears when you open a database; this window is the main control
center for working with an open Access database. Except for the Access window title bar,
all window components now on your screen are associated with the Database window
(see Figure 1-5). Most of these window components—including the title bars, window siz-
ing buttons, menu bar, toolbar, and status bar—are the same as the components in other
Notice that the Database window title bar includes the notation “(Access 2000 file for-
mat).” By default, databases that you create in Access 2003 use the Access 2000 database
file format. This feature ensures that you can use and share databases originally created in
Access 2003 without converting them to a format for an earlier version of Access, and
vice versa. (You’ll learn more about database file formats and converting databases later in