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Access 2013 Power Tips

with Adam Wilbert

Video: Welcome

Create a better user experience for your Access database. Make it faster, more efficient, and fun with these power tips.
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  1. 4m 24s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
    3. Using the exercise files
    4. Trusting the exercise files
      2m 17s
  2. 35m 0s
    1. Exploring start-up options
      7m 54s
    2. Launching a splash screen
      7m 19s
    3. Using an AutoExec macro
      3m 16s
    4. Hiding the ribbon
      9m 58s
    5. Creating a kiosk experience
      6m 33s
  3. 27m 59s
    1. Creating the form
      9m 39s
    2. Creating the combo boxes
      12m 27s
    3. Cascading the results
      5m 53s
  4. 16m 12s
    1. Embedding queries in reports
      3m 35s
    2. Hiding tables and other objects
      2m 48s
    3. Accessing system tables
      4m 4s
    4. Querying a list of database objects
      5m 45s
  5. 20m 17s
    1. Creating a back end
      3m 44s
    2. Password protecting a back end
      6m 33s
    3. Creating customized front ends
      10m 0s
  6. 26m 9s
    1. Understanding the reporting tool
      2m 39s
    2. Building the form
      6m 29s
    3. Building the query
      5m 19s
    4. Building the report
      6m 44s
    5. Finalizing the reporting tool
      4m 58s
  7. 13m 44s
    1. Creating customized shortcut keys
      4m 48s
    2. Adding tooltips and status messages
      4m 5s
    3. Creating task-specific help dialog boxes
      4m 51s
  8. 17m 28s
    1. Understanding VBA function basics
      5m 22s
    2. Using custom functions in the database
      5m 50s
    3. Creating a Select...Case function
      6m 16s
  9. 8m 27s
    1. Installing the free Access runtime
      4m 25s
    2. Packaging your application
      4m 2s
  10. 45s
    1. Next steps

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Access 2013 Power Tips
Video duration: 0s 2h 50m Intermediate


Your tables are built, your relationships are defined, your queries and reports are ready to run. But is your Access database really ready for users? With these power tips, you can create a better user experience for your database and transform it into a fast, efficient, and even fun place to work. Adam Wilbert will show you how to remove typical Access interface elements (like the Welcome screen) for a better start-up experience, and borrow some tricks from web design to make your database more attractive and interactive. Plus, learn how to clean up a cluttered navigation pane, filter long lists with cascading combo boxes, and build in contextual help and keyboard shortcuts that your power users will thank you for. Adam also shows how to package the database for users who don't have Microsoft Access installed.

Topics include:
  • Creating a kiosk experience
  • Hiding the ribbon
  • Creating cascading combo boxes
  • Working with hidden objects
  • Creating a separate back end
  • Building a dynamic reporting tool
  • Writing custom functions in Visual Basic
  • Distributing your application
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Hello, and welcome to Access 2013 Power Tips. In this project-based course, we're going to explore several ways that you can enhance your database's operation and prepare it for the end user. We'll explore techniques to create a great startup experience, including removing the Access interface elements that you and your end users won't need to see on a daily basis. And we'll borrow some tricks from web design to help make the database more attractive and fun to interact with. I'll introduce you to the hidden system objects that work behind the scenes in any Access database, and share a technique that you can use to leverage the information that they contain.

We'll also see how to clean up a cluttered navigation pane, by embedding objects inside of other objects, or simply hiding them from view. We'll take a look at at helping the end user easily navigate our database, by incorporating cascading combo boxes that filter long lists of options. We'll add context-sensitive help and instruction, and give power users something that they can never have enough of, keyboard shortcuts. So, let's get started with Access 2013 Power Tips.

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