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Compared to industrial-strength database products such asMicrosoft's SQL Server, Access is a breeze to use. It runs on PCsrather than servers and is ideal for small- to mid-sized businessesand households. But Access is still intimidating to learn. Itdoesn't help that each new version crammed in yet another set offeatures; so many, in fact, that even the pros don't know where tofind them all. Access 2007 breaks this pattern with some of themost dramatic changes users have seen since Office 95. Most obviousis the thoroughly redesigned user interface, with its tabbedtoolbar (or "Ribbon") that makes features easy to locate and use.The features list also includes several long-awaited changes. Onething that hasn't improved is Microsoft's documentation. To learnthe ins and outs of all the features in Access 2007, Microsoftmerely offers online help.

Access 2007: The Missing Manual was written from theground up for this redesigned application. You will learn how todesign complete databases, maintain them, search for valuablenuggets of information, and build attractive forms forquick-and-easy data entry. You'll even delve into the black art ofAccess programming (including macros and Visual Basic), and pick upvaluable tricks and techniques to automate common tasks -- even ifyou've never touched a line of code before. You will also learn allabout the new prebuilt databases you can customize to fit yourneeds, and how the new complex data feature will simplify yourlife. With plenty of downloadable examples, this objective andwitty book will turn an Access neophyte into a true master.

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