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1 Access Introduction Microsoft Access is a relational database software product that you can use to organize your data. What is a "database"? A database is an integrated collection of data that shares some common characteristics or a collection of data arranged for ease and speed of search and retrieval. What is data? Data is anything you want to store and refer to again. It can be text, numbers, dates, etc. Getting Started With Microsoft Office Access When a database is accessed using the Access 2007 shortcut, displayed will be The Getting Started With Microsoft Office Access window. On the left side of the screen, open a template either from the computer or online. In the middle choose to begin a new Blank Database, use one of the featured templates or learn more about Access On the right side will be a list of recently opened databases or open one that isn t listed by clicking on the More link. Security Most databases will contain at least one macro so a security warning will display each time you open one. To enable the content 1) Click Options 2) Choose Enable this content 3) Click OK to allow the whole database to show. This is annoying to do each and every time a database is opened and can be taken off but it is recommended to leave it on as a security measure. Switchboard A Switchboard displays when you open a database instead of showing all the objects. The Switchboard has buttons and menus that you can click to open forms and reports, open other switchboards that open additional forms and reports, customize the switchboard or quit Microsoft Access. You can create a Switchboard by using the Switchboard Manager. Page1

2 Purpose Why should you create a database? How will the database be used? The answer to these questions will tell you what information you need in your database. You will need to decide what subject to store (table) and the specific information regarding each subject (field). To determine the fields in a table decide what you need to know about the subject. Here are a few tips: Relate each field directly to the subject Don't include calculated data Include all the information you need Store information in the smallest logical parts (i.e. first or last name) It is helpful to sketch out reports and forms to see what information you will be requiring. Gather any forms you may currently be using for additional input. Designing a Database The key to understanding database design is to understand the way data is stored. Access needs to store information regarding different subjects in separate tables. When you retrieve your data, you can combine specific information from one or more of your tables for reports. Helpful Steps in designing a database 1. Determine the purpose of your database 2. Determine the tables you need 3. Determine the fields you need 4. Determine the relationships 5. Refine your design Don't worry if you make a mistake or leave items out of your initial design, think of it as a rough draft that you will refine after reviewing the database. Enter sample data into your design; create queries, forms, and reports. Evaluate your database to make sure it fits your needs? This allows you to make sure you have a good design foundation before continuing ahead. It is more difficult to make changes after you have all your data in tables. Page 2

3 Access Layout Microsoft Office Button Quick Access Toolbar Ribbon Record Selector Views Navigation Pane Access Objects Page3

4 Microsoft Office Button Databases which have been opened recently will show on the right side in the Recent Documents list. The number listed is dependent on the specified number under Access Options. New create a database using a blank format or a template. Open find a database to open. Convert - To convert a database from a previous version of Access to Access 2007 click the Microsoft Office Button and choose and this changes the extension to.aacdb. Save - Save As When a previous version of a database is opened in Access 2007 and changes are made and saved, the system will display the Microsoft Office Access Compatibility Checker dialog box to alert the user of things that may not be able to be saved in the older version. By default the extension of the saved file does not show but can be shown 1) Open up My Computer 2) Click Tools 3) Choose Folder Options 4) Select the View tab 5) Uncheck the box next to Hide extensions for known file types 6) Click OK to close the dialog box 7) Close the My Computer dialog box. PDF (same as using PDF maker) or XPS (electronic file format and viewed on-line). Print preview how the database will print or initiate the quick print option to send the file directly to the default printer. Manage repair, backup or view the properties of the database. the database in HTML, Excel, Rich Text, or as a text file format. Publish options which are not being used at current time. Close Database close the database. Access Options other setup options. Page 4

5 Ribbon Double click the tab that is active to minimize or maximize the Ribbon. Temporarily display the Ribbon when it has been minimized by clicking on it once. Organized into 4 task-specific tabs (Home, Create, External Data, Database Tools), which are then divided into task-specific groups. The Add-Ins tab may also be on the Ribbon to access other add-in programs from Microsoft, other software programs or will display shortcuts used in Office A contextual tab appears when the element it controls is active. Table Tools ( Datasheet tab) Form Layout Tools (Format and Arrange tabs) Report Layout Tools (Format, Arrange and Page Setup tabs) Query Tools (Design tab) When the window is minimized or computer resolution is set really low, many of the groups will condense and only the group name will be visible. If the window is changed manually, there is a point where all of the toolbars will disappear and all that will be seen is the Access window and the ruler. Some groups have Dialog Box Launchers commands. under these are the less common Arrow buttons are not all the same If the arrow is part of the icon and there isn t a division line then clicking the button will give a list of choices. If the arrow isn t part of the icon, clicking the part without the arrow will perform the function and clicking the arrow will display choices. Hovering over an icon will give a Screen Tip which shows the name of the item and a description. Page5

6 Quick Access Toolbar Contains Save, Undo and Redo but functions can be added to this toolbar and they can be set to show in all databases or just the current open database 1) Click the button 2) Choose one of the choices from the list or choose More Commands 3) Pick and choose the items to be added 4) Click OK. Right click on any icon and choose Add to Quick Access Toolbar to add it quickly to the toolbar. If the Quick Access Toolbar becomes too full to see it on the top row, click the down arrow and choose Show Below the Ribbon. Other General Features New Font Styles have been added to Access 2007 which are sharper and more appealing, they are Calibri, Cambria, Candara, Consolas, Constantia, Corbel. Access will display the extra x so the specific object can be closed without closing the whole program. Keyboard shortcuts are still available and favorites like Ctrl + C, for copy, for example can still be used but many more have been added 1) Press ALT tip badges show on Ribbon tabs, Quick Access Toolbar, and Microsoft Office Button 2) Press the letter or number that you want 3) Press a third letter or number if appropriate. Adding the Tabbed Document Window Viewing Feature (single-document interface) 1) Click the Microsoft Office Button 2) Choose Access Options 3) Select Current Database 4) Click Tabbed Documents 5) Choose Display Document Tabs 6) Click OK 7) Click OK to the message that displays 8) Close and reopen database. Page 6

7 Tabs on the Ribbon The Home tab contains the Views, Clipboard, Font, Rich Text, Records, Sort & Filter and Find groups and contain the commands used for data manipulation. The Create tab contains Tables, Forms, Reports, and Other groups and will be used to create database objects. The External Data tab contains the Import, Export, Collect Data, and SharePoint Lists groups and is used for importing or exporting data. The Database Tools tab contains the Macro, Show/Hide, Analyze, Move Data, Database Tools, and Administer groups and is used for other advanced Access settings. Other items The Field Insertion feature is available; by double clicking on the Add New Field header, a field can be added quickly. A date field can be set to have an Auto Calendar pop up for easier input by the user. Alternate row colors can be added from the Alternate Background Color feature from the Font group on the Home tab. Attachment is now a data type but can only be used in an Access 2007 database which most people right now won t be working with. Rich text is available as a property for a memo field which gives more access to special formatting of text. Append Only is also available so data can be appended in a memo field but existing data cannot be modified. Using the Layout View in Forms and Reports allows the user to manipulate the placement of controls in an environment that looks the same as the Form or Report. Tables Page7

8 A Table is a collection of data about a specific topic. Using separate tables for each topic allows you to store the information one time. This allows your database to be more efficient and reduce redundant data entry that may help to reduce errors. Each column in a table is a field of information. Each row within a table is referred to as a record. The extra rows displayed in a table are placeholders for information to be entered into. The design view of a table is where you identify the fields and the characteristics of each field. A field can be text, memo, number, date/time, currency, auto number, yes/no, OLE object, or Hyperlink. The information in the lower part of the screen shows how large the field is, what you want as a column heading, whether or not you want duplicate record keys, etc. Primary Fields Page 8

9 The power in a relational database system is the ability to quickly find information. A unique identification number that Access refers to as the Primary Key of a table often enables this ability. Each table should have a primary key to allow the records to be unique. It could be a company number, student id, product number, class code, etc. Relationships Now that you have separated all your subjects into tables, you need to let Access know how they are related. To set up a relationship between tables you add one table's primary key to the other table so it appears in both tables. Examples of relationships: Student table related to Courses, Exams, Student ID, Advisors, etc. Employee table related to Department, Supervisors, Vacation, User ID, etc. For example, employees can be associated with orders they re responsible for by creating a relationship between the EmployeeID fields. There are three types of relationships: One - to - Many Many - to - Many One - to - One One - to - Many this is the most common type of relationship. A one-to-many relationship states a record in one table can have more than one matching record in another table. Example would be a salesperson and their customers. Many to Many this relationship states a record in 2 tables can have as many matches in either table. Example would be products and orders for a company. One - to - One this relationship is the least used. You may want to reevaluate your database to verify you want this as a separate table or combine the two tables. Note: If you want to know more about tables and their design, attend the Access-Tables class. We will be working exclusively with tables. Creating new tables, changing fields, and working with relationships. Queries Page9

10 Queries are used to view, change, or analyze your data that is stored in one or more tables based on specific criteria. You can also use a query as a basis for a form or report. Calculations can be performed in queries, such as grouping regions together, classes, quarters, etc. Queries can also be used to make or update a table based on specific criteria. Above is the design view of a query. This will "filter" only the fields you have chosen to display or print. In the above example, this query is filtering all the regular members. Note: If you want to know more about queries and their design, attend the Access- Queries class. We will be working exclusively with queries. Creating new queries, changing queries, defining criteria, and working with relationships. Forms Page 10

11 A Form allows the user to enter data in a friendlier environment rather than in a table format. A form is linked to a table or tables which store the information. Descriptive text may be added to a form to identify exactly what is required from the user to complete a field; dialog boxes can be added which prompt the user for information; calculations may also be added. Form View user will enter data using this view. Design View use this view to design the form. There is also a Layout View which is not shown here. The Layout View works like the Design View with one big difference; you can see exactly how a change to the form will affect live data. Note: If you want to know more about forms and their design, attend the Access-Forms class. We will be working exclusively with forms. Creating new forms, redesigning forms, and working with relationships. Reports Page11

12 A Report allows the user to view information on screen or print the information. You can design the layout of the report and what information you want to print on the report. You can add logos, additional verbiage, or lines to enhance the report. Reports are linked to tables or queries, which provide the data. Report View use this window to see how the report will look when printed. Design View use this view to design the way the report will look. There is also a Layout View which is not shown here. The Layout View works like the Design View with one big difference; you can see exactly how a change to the report will affect live data. Note: If you want to know more about report and their design, attend the Access- Reports class. We will be working exclusively with reports. Creating new reports, redesign reports, and working with graphics. Other Objects Page 12

13 A Macro is an action or a set of actions which automatics a task. A macro could be created to automatically print a report or import new data into an existing table, prompting the user for information if necessary. A Module is a collection of Visual Basics Application procedures Notes: Page13

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