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Microsoft Access provides an inexpensive yet powerful database solution for small-scale projects. Your About.com Guide brings you the best in Microsoft Access links and resources.
  1. Access Database Templates (28)
  2. Access Function Library (37)
  3. Sample Access Databases (8)
  4. Tutorials (90)

Microsoft Access 2010 Fundamentals
Are you overwhelmed by the large quantities of data that need to be tracked in your organization? Perhaps you're currently using a paper filing system, text documents or a spreadsheet to keep track of your critical information. If you're searching for a more flexible data management system, a database might be just the salvation you're looking...

Microsoft Access 2010 Fundamentals
Are you overwhelmed by the large quantities of data that need to be tracked in your organization? Perhaps you're currently using a paper filing system, text documents or a spreadsheet to keep track of your critical information. If you're searching for a more flexible data management system, a database might be just the salvation you're looking...

10 Time-Saving Tips for Microsoft Access 2007
Looking to shave some time off your daily Microsoft Access administration and design tasks? There are many great, little-known features of this program that you can use to improve the efficiency of your database experience.

I've put together a collection of ten tips that will improve your Microsoft Access experience.

10 Time-Saving Tips for Microsoft Access 2007
Looking to shave some time off your daily Microsoft Access administration and design tasks? There are many great, little-known features of this program that you can use to improve the efficiency of your database experience.

I've put together a collection of ten tips that will improve your Microsoft Access experience.

What Do You Want To See in Access 2013?
Microsoft Access 2010: What's Coming with Office 2010?

What Do You Want To See in Access 2010?
Microsoft Access 2010: What's Coming with Office 2010?

Microsoft Access 2010: What's Coming with Office 2010?
Microsoft announced yesterday that the next release of the Office suite will occur in 2010. News out of Redmond indicates that this release will place a heavy emphasis on web services. So far, there aren't any specific details available on what this means for Microsoft Access.

Top 5 Microsoft Access 2007 Books for Beginners
So, you'd like to learn more about Microsoft Access 2007 and you don't know where to begin. I've selected five of my favorite introductory-level Access books for your perusal. Follow the "Compare Prices" links for a competitive listing of prices at various web merchants.

Top 5 Microsoft Access 2007 Books for Beginners
So, you'd like to learn more about Microsoft Access 2007 and you don't know where to begin. I've selected five of my favorite introductory-level Access books for your perusal. Follow the "Compare Prices" links for a competitive listing of prices at various web merchants.

Fundamentals of Microsoft Access
Not sure if your organization needs a database? Your About.com Guide to Databases provides an overview of database concepts as well as the fundamental components of Microsoft Access.

Access 2007 Tour: The New User Interface
If you’re switching to Microsoft Access 2007 from an earlier version, you’re bound to immediately notice some major changes in the user interface. Microsoft modeled the Access 2007 look-and-feel after the Windows Vista model, providing the application with a clean, high-tech look that could dramatically alter your workflow. In this article, we walk through the new interface. We’ll explore the Ribbon, the Microsoft Office button, the Navigation Pane and other features of Access 2007.

Encrypting an Access Database
Security-conscious database users have long called for the ability to use strong encryption in Microsoft Access. With the release of Access 2007, Microsoft answered these pleas and introduced a robust encryption feature that allows for the simple addition of a great deal of security to Access databases.

Access Version History
Historical information on MS Access versions from 1.0 through Access 2000. A neat nostalgia site for veteran users.

ACCDB File Format
The ACCDB database file format was introduced with the release of Microsoft Access 2007 to replace the older MDB file format. The use of ACCDB format allows users to leverage enhanced functionality in Access, including the use of multivalued fields and strong cryptography.

MDB File
MDB is the file format used by Microsoft Access XP and earlier versions. It was replaced by the ACCDB format with the release of Microsoft Access 2007.

Access File Formats: ACCDB vs MDB
The release of Access 2007 brings a new file format. The MDB database files we’ve known for over a decade are now slated to become historical relics. While Access 2007 continues to support MDB databases for backwards compatibility purposes, Microsoft has now introduced the new ACCDB file format as the future standard. Wondering if you should begin using the ACCDB format?

User Level Security
User level security in Microsoft Access allows you to control the types of data that a user might access and the actions they can perform.

Multivalued Fields
Multivalued fields in Microsoft Access offer you the opportunity to allow users to select one or more options for a field value by using checkboxes.

Access Hacks: Tips and Tools for Wrangling Your Data
If you're an experienced Access user, there's no doubt you'll find something useful in this book. It's packed full of so many useful tips and techniques that there's guaranteed to be something you don't already know!

Adding Splash Screens to Access
Splash screens add a custom flair to your Access database projects. Learn how to spice up your databases in this step-by-step tutorial.

Microsoft Access for the Disabled
Microsoft provides a variety of features to make Access easier for the physically challenged.

Access Listserv Archive
ACCESS-L an unmoderated mailing list for Microsoft Access enthusiasts. This website contains subscription information and an archive dating back to 1993.

Dabbling in Live Databases: Microsoft Access
Learn how Perl and Microsoft Access can team up to provide winning solutions for your web-enabled database projects. The Web Developer's Virtual Library provides a 7-part series.

Microsoft Access: Is It The Right Database for You?
This brief article provides a series of discussion issues that can help you determine if Microsoft Access is adequate for your business needs.

Security and Passwords in Access
Brief introduction to the security and password protection mechanisms available in MS Access.

Trevor's Access FAQ
The unofficial Microsoft Access FAQ answers a plethora of Access questions from all levels. Topics include forms, reports, security, tables and performance.

Access 2010 Tour: The User Interface
If you're switching to Microsoft Access 2010 from an earlier version, you're bound to immediately notice some changes. If you've been using Access 2007, the ribbon-based user interface will look similar, but it's received a facelift. If you're switching from an earlier version, you'll discover that the way you work with Access is now entirely...

Access 2010 Tour: The User Interface
If you're switching to Microsoft Access 2010 from an earlier version, you're bound to immediately notice some changes. If you've been using Access 2007, the ribbon-based user interface will look similar, but it's received a facelift. If you're switching from an earlier version, you'll discover that the way you work with Access is now entirely different!

Understanding Microsoft Access 2013 Encryption

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