Synopses & Reviews
Unlock the secrets of this powerful database program and discover how to use your data in creative ways. With this books easy step-by-step process, youll quickly learn how to build and maintain a complete Access database, using Access 2013s new, simpler user interface and templates. You also get practices and tips from the pros for good database design—ideal whether youre using Access for school, business, or at home.
The important stuff you need to know:
- Build a database with ease. Store information to track numbers, products, documents, and more.
- Customize the interface. Build your own forms to make data entry a snap.
- Find what you need fast. Search, sort, and summarize huge amounts of information.
- Put your data to use. Turn raw info into printed reports with attractive formatting.
- Share your data. Collaborate online with SharePoint and the Access web database.
- Dive into Access programming. Get tricks and techniques to automate common tasks.
- Create rich data connections. Build dynamic links with SQL Server, SharePoint, and other systems.
Access is the most complex and intimidating application in Microsoft Office, but you'll tame it quickly with this book. You'll learn how to design complete databases, maintain them, search for valuable nuggets of information, and build attractive forms for quick-and-easy data entry in no time.
With Access 2010: The Missing Manual, you'll even delve into the black art of Access programming by learning valuable tricks and techniques to automate common tasks -- even if you've never touched a line of code before. Discover new pre-built databases you can customize to fit your needs, and learn how Access's new complex data feature will simplify your life. With plenty of downloadable examples, this objective and engaging book will turn any Access neophyte into a true master.
- Follow step-by-step instructions for creating and perfecting an Access database, and learn methods for using and maintaining it
- Understand Access's interface, and focus on new time-saving features
- Learn basic Access programming quickly and easily
- Get good database design practices and tips from the pros
About the Author
Matthew MacDonald is a science and technology writer with well over a dozen books to his name. Web novices can tiptoe out onto the Internet with him in Creating a Website: The Missing Manual. HTML fans can learn about the cutting edge of web design in HTML5: The Missing Manual. And human beings of all description can discover just how strange they really are in the quirky handbooks Your Brain: The Missing Manual and Your Body: The Missing Manual.
Table of Contents
The Missing Credits; About the Author; About the Creative Team; Acknowledgements; The Missing Manual Series; Introduction; What You Can Do with Access; The Modern Face of Access; The New Features in Access 2010; About This Book; Part One: Storing Information in Tables; Chapter 1: Creating Your First Database; 1.1 Understanding Access Databases; 1.2 Getting Started with Your First Database; 1.3 Saving Databases; 1.4 Opening Databases; 1.5 The Navigation Pane; Chapter 2: Building Smarter Tables; 2.1 Understanding Data Types; 2.2 Design View; 2.3 Access Data Types; 2.4 The Primary Key; 2.5 Six Principles of Database Design; Chapter 3: Mastering the Datasheet: Sorting, Searching, Filtering, and More; 3.1 Datasheet Customization; 3.2 Datasheet Navigation; 3.3 Advanced Editing; 3.4 Printing the Datasheet; Chapter 4: Blocking Bad Data; 4.1 Data Integrity Basics; 4.2 Input Masks; 4.3 Validation Rules; 4.4 Lookups; Chapter 5: Linking Tables with Relationships; 5.1 Relationship Basics; 5.2 Using a Relationship; 5.3 More Exotic Relationships; 5.4 Relationship Practice; Part Two: Manipulating Data with Queries; Chapter 6: Queries That Select Records; 6.1 Query Basics; 6.2 Creating Queries; 6.3 Queries and Related Tables; Chapter 7: Essential Query Tricks; 7.1 Calculated Fields; 7.2 Query Functions; 7.3 Summarizing Data; 7.4 Query Parameters; Chapter 8: Queries That Update Records; 8.1 Understanding Action Queries; 8.2 Update Queries; 8.3 Append Queries; 8.4 Delete Queries; 8.5 Tutorial: Flagging Out-of-Stock Orders; Chapter 9: Analyzing Data with Crosstab Queries and Pivot Tables; 9.1 Understanding Crosstab Queries; 9.2 Creating Crosstab Queries; 9.3 Pivot Tables; 9.4 Pivot Charts; Part Three: Printing Reports; Chapter 10: Creating Reports; 10.1 Report Basics; 10.2 Printing, Previewing, and Exporting a Report; 10.3 Formatting a Report; 10.4 Filtering and Sorting a Report; Chapter 11: Designing Advanced Reports; 11.1 Improving Reports in Design View; 11.2 The Report Wizard; 11.3 The Label Wizard; 11.4 Fine-Tuning Reports with Properties; 11.5 Expressions; 11.6 Grouping; Part Four: Building a User Interface with Forms; Chapter 12: Creating Simple Forms; 12.1 Creating Forms; 12.2 Using Forms; 12.3 Sorting and Filtering in a Form; 12.4 Creating Fancy Forms; 12.5 The Form Wizard; Chapter 13: Designing Advanced Forms; 13.1 Customizing Forms in Design View; 13.2 Taking Control of Controls; 13.3 Forms and Linked Tables; Chapter 14: Building a Navigation System; 14.1 Mastering the Navigation Pane; 14.2 Building Forms with Navigation Smarts; 14.3 Navigation Forms; 14.4 Linking to Related Data; Part Five: Programming Access; Chapter 15: Automating Tasks with Macros; 15.1 Macro Essentials; 15.2 Macros and Security; 15.3 Three Macro Recipes; 15.4 Managing Macros; Chapter 16: Connecting Macros to Forms and Tables; 16.1 Macro-Powered Forms; 16.2 Conditional Macros; 16.3 Data Macros; Chapter 17: Automating Tasks with Visual Basic; 17.1 The Visual Basic Editor; 17.2 Putting Code in a Form; 17.3 Understanding Objects; 17.4 Using Objects; Chapter 18: Writing Smarter Code; 18.1 Exploring the VB Language; 18.2 Dealing with Trouble; 18.3 Deeper into Objects; 18.4 Using VB to Run a Better Business; Part Six: Sharing Access with the Rest of the World; Chapter 19: Sharing a Database with Multiple Users; 19.1 Opening Up Your Database to the World; 19.2 Preparing Your Database; 19.3 Playing Well with Others; 19.4 Data Corruption; 19.5 Securing Your Database; Chapter 20: Importing and Exporting Data; 20.1 Case for Importing and Exporting; 20.2 Using the Clipboard; 20.3 Import and Export Operations; 20.4 Access and XML; 20.5 Collecting Info by Email; Chapter 21: Connecting Access to SQL Server; 21.1 Should You Switch to SQL Server?; 21.2 Getting Started: SQL Server Express; 21.3 Creating a SQL Server Database; 21.4 Adding Objects to a SQL Server Database; Chapter 22: Connecting Access to SharePoint; 22.1 Understanding SharePoint; 22.2 Setting Up SharePoint; 22.3 SharePoint and Access; Chapter 23: Building a Web Database; 23.1 Understanding Web Databases; 23.2 Your First Web Database; 23.3 Publishing a Web Database; 23.4 Delving Deeper into Web Objects; 23.5 Converting an Existing Database to a Web Database; Part Seven: Appendix; Customizing Access; Adding Your Favorites to the QAT; Personalizing the Ribbon;