Introduction to Microsoft Access 2007
Learn how Microsoft's powerful and award-winning database can help you manage, store, search, analyze, and display important information you've collected about your business, home, community, or any other entity. In this practical and project oriented hands-on workshop, you'll learn how to create tables filled with fields and records. You'll build relationships between the tables to eliminate redundancies and slash data entry time. You'll discover how to achieve huge reductions in data entry errors by setting default values, creating validation rules, and building input masks. You'll find out how to make your database more user-friendly with custom data entry forms, smart lists, and other sophisticated controls. You'll learn how to retrieve exactly what you need from your database with powerful queries and reports, and you'll even start automating routine tasks with labor-saving macros.
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Microsoft Windows Vista or XP,
Microsoft Access 2007 or
Microsoft Office Professional 2007 (please be sure to install this
software on your computer before the course begins), Internet access, e-mail,
and the Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox Web browser.
Note: This course is not suitable for Macintosh users, nor for users of any of older versions of Microsoft Access.
All courses run for six weeks, with a two-week grace period at the end. Two
lessons are released each week for the six-week duration of the course. You do
not have to be present when the lesson is released, but you must complete each
lesson within two weeks of its release.
A new section of each course starts on the second or third Wednesday of each month. If enrolling in a series of two or more courses, please be sure to space the start date for each course at least two months apart.
|Wednesday - Lesson 01|
|A Microsoft Access database is made up of seven
interrelated components: tables, fields, records, forms, queries,
reports, and macros. In today's lesson, you'll become familiar with each
of these components and--perhaps more importantly--you'll learn how each
component can help you successfully collect and manage a wide variety of
business, personal, or scientific data. And you'll get hands-on
experience building tables; creating fields; and manipulating records.
|Friday - Lesson 02|
|Today, you're going to learn how to take advantage of
a variety of powerful customization options that will help you simplify
the process of adding data to an Access table. You'll get hands-on
experience with validation rules, default values, and input
masks—time-saving tools that will improve your productivity while
increasing the accuracy and reliability of the data you collect.
|Wednesday - Lesson 03|
|This lesson will literally slash the amount of time
you spend performing data entry tasks. You'll deftly sidestep an issue
that often plagues Access novices: how to avoid typing and re-typing the
same pieces of information over and over again in each of the many
tables that make up your database. Today, you'll discover the powerful
and time-saving secret of table relationships.
|Friday - Lesson 04|
|In this lesson, we'll give your database a
professional makeover. Your database will achieve new levels of
attractiveness and sophistication with the introduction of powerful
forms. You'll find that forms make it faster, easier, and more pleasant
for you to review, add, edit, or remove the information in your tables.
|Wednesday - Lesson 05|
|Today, you'll embellish your forms with powerful
custom controls like buttons and combo boxes. These custom controls can
help you automate tasks you might otherwise find difficult or
time-consuming to carry out manually. As a result, you'll work at
greater efficiencies and with fewer opportunities for error.
|Friday - Lesson 06|
|One reason we create a database is so we have a place
to store information that we've collected. We store data in a database
because we know that we will need to review that information again. By
squirreling the data away today, we give ourselves future opportunities
to review, search, analyze, sort, and subtotal that information as
needed. Today, you'll discover how to use an Access query to scan a vast
collection of data and retrieve only the exact pieces of information
that you require.
|Wednesday - Lesson 07|
|In today's lesson, you'll overcome all those thorny
query issues that often stump both beginning and advanced Access users.
You'll learn how to scan the entirety of your database for a single word
(or even a tiny word fragment) with pinpoint precision. You'll find out
how to seek out a range of dates or numbers instead of placing all your
bets on a futile and time-consuming search for a single value. And if
you ever find yourself with a better understanding of what you don't
want to see than what you do, you'll understand how to perform a reverse
|Friday - Lesson 08|
|In a well-designed database, information will be
evenly distributed across multiple tables. The advantages of this
distributed approach are too numerous to elucidate here, but the
approach does raise one important question: is there any way to take all
of the information that has been scattered across several tables and
bring it together in one place? Fortunately, there is a simple solution.
Today, you'll receive ample opportunities to try your hand at combining
information from an assortment of tables into a single pool of data.
|Wednesday - Lesson 09|
|If you really want to show off the data in your
database, you'll want to showcase it with a report. A report will help
you organize and format your data, making it more accessible and more
attractive. There really is only one surefire way to understand what a
report is and what it can do for you: you'll just have to create one.
And that's exactly what you're going to do in today's lesson.
|Friday - Lesson 10|
|In our last lesson, you learned how to convert a
table filled with raw information into a handsome, well-organized report
suitable for printing. But what if you want to create a report that only
shows some, instead of all, of the information contained within a table?
Is that even possible? You'll find out in today's lesson.
|Wednesday - Lesson 11|
|Access comes with a number of pre-formatted reports
designed to meet just about any conceivable need. But there will be rare
occasions when you want to produce a report that is a little, well,
different. A report that goes beyond the norm. A report that
communicates with its reader in a new and unique way. In today's lesson,
you'll learn how you can use the Report Design tool to whip up your very
own custom reports from scratch.
|Friday - Lesson 12|
|In this, our final lesson, you'll learn all about
Access macros. An Access macro can automate just about any database
activity you can imagine, from running queries to printing reports to
opening and closing forms or tables. However, a macro can perform these
activities at a much higher rate of speed and with far more accuracy
than you or I could ever manage to muster. This is one of the most
popular and eye-opening lessons in the course, covering a fascinating
topic you won't want to miss.
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