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In Access 2010 Essential Training, Alicia Katz Pollock gives a comprehensive overview of creating databases in Access 2010, whether using predefined database templates or building from scratch. This course covers each step of constructing and modifying databases for custom purposes, as well as working with tables, forms, queries, macros, and reports and charts for record keeping and analysis. Exercise files are included with the course.
When you're designing a database, it's worth a look at Access's Database Analysis tools to be sure you're on the right track. On the Database Tools Ribbon, there's an Analyze Group with three tools you might find useful. The Database Documenter writes out all the information about your objects. Click on the object you want, or click on Select All to run the analysis on all at once. When you click OK, you'll get a document showing all the properties of that object. Click Close Print Preview to close it. The second button, Analyze Performance, will look for tables with earned field properties and other nonstandard database elements.
Click on one or Select All to click on all of them, and click OK. When you get suggestions, you can take them or you can delete them. Click Close. The third button, Analyze Table, will walk you through an analysis to make sure that your tables are constructed properly. After you've constructed your database, but before you begin using it, try out the Database Analysis tools to uncover any issues that need correction.
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