Synopses & Reviews
When you hear the word “database,” do your eyes glaze over? Does the mention of fields and tables make your blood pressure skyrocket? Does the idea of entering and using hyperlinks make you hyperventilate?
Whether you’re running a business or a household . . . whether you need to be able to quickly access customer information, your recipe for chicken cacciatore, or the Little League team’s records, Access 2003 holds the key. This friendly guide unlocks the secrets of using Access 2003 to store, manage, organize, reorganize, and use data! It gives you:
- The basics of the whole database concept
- Suggestions for solving problems with Access
- What you need to know to design, build, use, and change Access tables
- Info on the ten most common types of fields
- The scoop on using queries to unearth the answers hiding somewhere in your data
- Guidelines for using the Access report system to make short work of long, previously time-consuming, reports
In the relaxed, comfortable For Dummies style, this book has easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and lots of screen shots. If you want to create and manage a database for a huge auction house, this guide will get you going . . . going . . . gone. If you want to create a database for your music collection, it gives you the score then shows you how to use formatting and add graphics to jazz it up. You’ll get the low-down on extracting all kinds of information from databases and putting that information to practical use. You’ll discover how to:
- Use Label Wizard to create mailing labels, file labels, shipping labels, or name tags
- Use Chart Wizard to create line charts, bar, cone, and column charts, pie and donut charts, area charts, and XY and bubble charts
- Use Auto Reports to create columnar or tabular reports and then fine-tune them
- Export reports to Microsoft Word and Excel
- Get your data Web-ready and put it on the Internet in either static or dynamic form
- Build forms with Form Wizard
And speaking of high-tech fun, Access 2003 For Dummies even tells you how to install and use speech recognition software with Access 2003. So if the idea of working with databases has you talking to yourself, this is just the book you need.
Access, included with the Professional and Developer releases of Microsoft Office, is the one of the most popular database management tools in the world. This version is updated to cover the new tools in the latest release of Access.
Access, included with the Professional and Developer releases of Microsoft Office, is the one of the most popular database management tools in the world. This guide has been completely updated to reflect changes made to Access.
Grab your data and get it on the table!
Meet the wizards, ask the right questions, give data a form, and share it online
What? Youre still letting your data run around loose? Grab this book and build a database you can, well, access! John Kaufeld demystifies databases for even the truly timid. Youll soon be constructing tables, turning out reports, delving into existing databases, and querying with the best of them, all with the greatest of ease.
The Dummies Way
- Explanations in plain English
- "Get in, get out" information
- Icons and other navigational aids
- Tear-out cheat sheet
- Top ten lists
- A dash of humor and fun
About the Author
John Kaufeld has written all previous editions of Access For Dummies as well as several other books. John also operates shippertools.com, an online shipping assistant.
Table of Contents
Part I: Which Came First, the Data or the Base?
Chapter 1: The 37-Minute Overview.
Chapter 2: Finding Your Way Around like a Native.
Chapter 3: Calling the Online St. Bernard and Other Forms of Help.
Part II: Truly Tempting Tables.
Chapter 4: Designing and Building a Home for Your Data.
Chapter 5: Relationships, Keys, and Indexes (and Why You Really Do Care).
Chapter 6: New Data, Old Data, and Data in Need of Repair.
Chapter 7: Making Your Table Think with Formats, Masks, and Validations.
Chapter 8: Making Your Datasheets Dance.
Chapter 9: Table Remodeling Tips for the Do-It-Yourselfer.
Part III: Finding the Ultimate Answer to Almost Everything.
Chapter 10: Quick Searches: Find, Filter, and Sort.
Chapter 11: Pose a Simple Query, Get 10,000 Answers.
Chapter 12: Searching a Slew of Tables.
Chapter 13: Lions AND Tigers OR Bears? Oh My!
Chapter 14: Teaching Queries to Think and Count.
Chapter 15: Calculating Your Way to Fame and Fortune.
Chapter 16: Automated Editing for Big Changes.
Part IV: Turning Your Table into a Book.
Chapter 17: AutoReport: Like the Model-T, It’s Clunky but It Runs.
Chapter 18: Wizardly Help with Labels, Charts, and Multilevel Reports.
Chapter 19: It’s Amazing What a Little Formatting Can Do.
Chapter 20: Headers and Footers for Groups, Pages, and Even (Egad) Entire Reports.
Part V: Wizards, Forms, and Other Mystical Stuff.
Chapter 21: Spinning Your Data onto the Web.
Chapter 22: Making Forms that Look Cool and Work Great.
Chapter 23: If Love Is Universal, Why Can’t I Export to It?
Chapter 24: The Analyzer: Your Data’s Dr. Freud, Dr. Watson, and Dr. Jekyll.
Chapter 25: Talking to Your Computer.
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 26: Ten Timesaving Keyboard Shortcuts.
Chapter 27: Ten Common Crises and How to Survive Them.
Chapter 28: Ten Tips from Database Nerds.