Beginning with a brief explanation of databases in general, this page gives you a quick look at opening, saving and closing an Access database.
Starting MS AccessYou can start MS Access in several ways, depending on how you’ve installed it. One way is to use the Start menu button.
To start Access, follow these steps:
Notice that in the following picture, many of the toolbar buttons are grayed out (which means you can't use them right now).
In addition, nothing is in the work area because no database file is open. The Access screen becomes a much busier place later on. You'll notice that when you begin working with a database, the buttons become available, and your database appears in the work area.
The MS Access toolbar changes, depending on which type of database object you're working with at the time (tables, forms, reports, queries, and so on) and what you're doing to it. More toolbars sometimes appear when you're doing special activities, such as drawing.
To find out what a toolbar button does, put your mouse pointer over it; a name appears underneath the pointer. This feature is called a ToolTip (or a ScreenTip); you can use ToolTips even when a button is unavailable (grayed out/dimmed).
You can exit Access in several ways:
Access saves all the data automatically. You won't find Access asking you to save the changes unless it's very necessary.
Access XP Topics- Screen layout
- Storing data
- Database planning
- Tips for tables
- Tips for forms
- Tips for reports