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Microsoft Access - Introduction

Microsoft Access was created to help people efficiently store and retrieve all types of information. Microsoft Access users store data ranging from customer satisfaction to monthly sales to the annual rainfall in the Sahara Desert.

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If you have data that can be measured or typed, chances are Microsoft Access will be a great solution for you to store your information.

Microsoft Access - Overview

Microsoft Access stores information in what is called a database. For now it is good enough to know that your data is put into a database and not worry about the details. We will be explaining databases and other key Access elements in a later lesson.

There are four major steps to using Microsoft Access:

  1. Database Creation: Create your Microsoft Access database and specify what kind of data you will be storing. A retail business might create a database to store all their sales information (i.e. items sold, customer, employee, commission, etc)
  2. Data Input: After your database is created the data the store gathers every business day can be entered into the Access database.
  3. Query: This is a fancy term to basically describe the process of retrieving information from the database.
  4. Report(optional): Information from the database is organized in a nice presentation that can be printed in an Access Report.

Tizag's Microsoft Access tutorial will guide you through each of these steps and teach you some nifty tips and tricks along the way. If you are ready to learn more about Access please continue.



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