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While most of Access 2010 is similar to Access 2007, there are several standout features. Let's compare the two versions. Access 2007 introduced the Office button for standard file commands. The new Backstage View under the red File tab brings all of your database file management tools together. While building tables, settings that used to be buried in Design view under the field properties are now available in Datasheet view on the new Table Tools Fields Ribbon.
On the Table tab actions are also now at your fingertips. In addition Application Parts and Quick Start fields allow you to add pre-designed fields to your tables with a click of a button. Access 2007 introduced the Layout view, allowing you to design forms and reports graphically instead of one field at a time. Access 2010 improves this approach yet again. Now the fields are arranged in tables, and you modify your forms and reports using the same table techniques you would in Microsoft Word.
The new Navigation Form replaces Access 2007's Switchboard, making attractive Internet-style button interfaces to move between your forms and reports. The Conditional Formatting window has been revised, so that you can now create multiple rules without opening and closing the dialog box. And now there are also data bars to compare your values. The External Data ribbon has most of the same buttons but they've been rearranged. Items that were on the ribbon in Access 2007 may be found under the More button and vice versa.
You can now link to your Outlook contacts and build an Access frontend for your SQL database. The Macro builder has been completely redesigned marrying traditional coding layout. It now features an IntelliSense interface stepping you through building actions and arguments. This is just a sampling of the new features in Access 2010. We will cover all these features and more in depth in the rest of this course.
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