Access 2007: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald

By Matthew MacDonald

Compared to industrial-strength database items equivalent to Microsoft's SQL Server, entry is a breeze to exploit. It runs on desktops instead of servers and is perfect for small- to mid-sized companies and families. yet entry remains to be intimidating to profit. It does not aid that every re-creation filled in one more set of beneficial properties; such a lot of, in reality, that even the professionals do not know the place to discover all of them. entry 2007 breaks this development with essentially the most dramatic adjustments clients have obvious seeing that workplace ninety five. most blatant is the completely redesigned person interface, with its tabbed toolbar (or "Ribbon") that makes gains effortless to find and use. The positive aspects checklist additionally contains numerous long-awaited adjustments. something that hasn't greater is Microsoft's documentation. to benefit the bits and bobs of the entire positive factors in entry 2007, Microsoft purely deals on-line help.

Access 2007: The lacking Manual used to be written from the floor up for this redesigned program. you'll layout whole databases, preserve them, look for worthy nuggets of knowledge, and construct beautiful kinds for quick-and-easy facts access. you will even delve into the black paintings of entry programming (including macros and visible Basic), and choose up beneficial tips and methods to automate universal initiatives -- no matter if you've gotten by no means touched a line of code earlier than. additionally, you will examine all in regards to the new prebuilt databases you could customise to fit you, and the way the hot complicated information characteristic will simplify your existence. With lots of downloadable examples, this target and witty ebook will flip an entry neophyte right into a precise master.

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One example is the Windows Task Scheduler that's included with most versions of Windows. ) Figure 1-13. When you choose Office button Manage Back Up Database, Access fills in a suggested file name that incorporates the current date. That way, if you have several backup files, you can pick out the one you want. GEM IN THE ROUGH Shrinking a Database When you add information to a database, Access doesn't always pack the data as compactly as possible. Instead, Access is more concerned with getting information in and out of the database as quickly as it can.

To expand a column, just position your mouse at the right edge of the column header. ) Then, drag the column to the right to resize it as big as you want. If you're just a bit impatient, there's a shortcut. Double-click the right edge of the column to resize it to fit the largest piece of information that's in the column (provided this doesn't stretch the column beyond the edge of the Access window). That way, you automatically get all the room you need. If you want to get a little fancier, include the currency symbol ($) when you enter the price, and make sure you put the data in a recognized date format (like January 1, 2008 or 01-01-2008 ).

One example is the Windows Task Scheduler that's included with most versions of Windows. ) Figure 1-13. When you choose Office button Manage Back Up Database, Access fills in a suggested file name that incorporates the current date. That way, if you have several backup files, you can pick out the one you want. GEM IN THE ROUGH Shrinking a Database When you add information to a database, Access doesn't always pack the data as compactly as possible. Instead, Access is more concerned with getting information in and out of the database as quickly as it can.

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