Access 2016: Microsoft Quick Start

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Create a desktop database with a template

Create a ready-to-use database, complete with tables, forms, reports, queries, macros, and relationships.

  1. Open Access.
  2. Select File > New.
  3. Select the Contacts template.
  4. Enter a name for your new database, select its location, and then select Create.
  5. When the database opens, select Enable content in the yellow message bar.

For more information, see Use the Desktop Contacts Database Template.

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Import data from Excel

  1. Open the Excel workbook, make sure each column has a heading and a consistent data type, and then select the range of data.
  2. Select External Data > Excel (in the Import & Link group).
  3. Page 1: Select Browse to locate and open the Excel file, accept the default values, and then click OK.
  4. Page 2: Select Does the first row of your data contain column headings?, and then click Next.
  5. Pages 3 to 5: Accept default values, and then click Next, or Finish for the last page.

For more information, see Import or link to data in an Excel workbook.

 import spreadsheet wizard

Add a primary key to a table

Use a primary key to provide unique values for each table row and to create relationships with other tables.

  1. Right click a table in the Navigation Pane, and then select Design View.
  2. Locate the first empty row in the table design grid.
  3. In the Field Name field, type a name, such as DepartmentID.
  4. In the Data Type field, select the drop-down arrow and then select AutoNumber.

For more information, see Add or change a primary key.

 Field name and data type

Create a select query

Create a select query to focus on a few columns and sort the query in datasheet view.

  1. Select Create > Query Wizard (in the Queries group).
  2. Page 1: select Simple Query, and then select OK.
  3. Page 2: select a table, double-click each field you want in the Available Fields list, and then select Next.
  4. Page 3: accept the default values, and then select Finish.
  5. In datasheet view, select the column header down arrow, select  to sort in ascending order, right click the Query name tab, and then select Save.

For more information, see Get started with queries.

 Department and Title

Create a split form

A split form gives you a synchronized Form and Datasheet view. For example, use the datasheet view to quickly locate a record and then the form view to edit the record.

  1. In the Navigation Pane, select a table or query.
  2. Select Create > More Forms (in the Forms group) > Split Form.
 Field name and data type

Create a report

  1. Select Create > Report Wizard (in the Reports group).
  2. Page 1: select a table or query, double-click each field in the Available Fields list to put them in the report, and then select Next.
  3. Page 2: double-click the field you want to group by, and then select Next.
    Tip: Choose a field that categorizes the data, such as Department.
  4. Pages 3 to 5: accept the defaults, and then select Next, or Finish for the last page.

For more information, see Create basic reports.

 options for report

Backup your database

To make sure you don’t lose your work, get in the regular habit of doing a backup of your database.

  1. Select File > Save As.
  2. Under Database File Types, select Save Database As.
  3. Under Advanced, select Back Up Database and then select Save As.
    Tip: Use the default file name, which indicates the source database and when the backup occurred.
  4. Select Save.
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