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Most of the menu commands are dimmed and unavailable in the empty Database window. The File menu offers options to create a new database or to open an existing one. Other options, such as the Toolbars option in the View menu, let you tailor the database workplace. All the Help menu options are available.
The buttons on the toolbar offer shortcuts to many of the commonly used menu commands. Most of the toolbar buttons are dimmed, which indicates they're also unavailable when no database is active. Even if a button is dimmed, you can still rest the mouse pointer on the button and see its name displayed below the button in a ScreenTip (called a ToolTip in earlier versions of Access). The toolbar, as well as the menu bar, presents different options, depending on the current activity.
The status bar, located at the bottom of the Access window, provides a running commentary about the ongoing task and the Access working environment. The right side of the status bar also shows boxes that indicate the presence of a filter and the status of various toggle keys such as INSERT, CAPS LOCK, SCROLL LOCK, and NUM LOCK.
If you're already familiar with Windows 95, you know the taskbar at the bottom of the screen shows a button for each program currently running. New with Windows 98, the taskbar shows a button for each open document, even if they are from the same program. These buttons make switching from one program or document to another quick and easy. Just click the name of the one you want to use and it becomes the active program or document. Notice the Microsoft Access button appears pressed in on the Windows taskbar, indicating it's the active application. If other programs are open, their buttons also appear in the taskbar, but only the currently active one appears pressed in.
Note: As more and more programs are started, the Windows taskbar buttons are narrowed so all can be seen in the taskbar. With many programs running at once, only the programs' icons and the first few letters of their names may be visible on the taskbar buttons.
The Groups bar at the left contains five buttons, which you can click to open other folders or to return to the Windows desktop.
The Open dialog box contains several buttons that help you find the file you want to open. You can see the name of each button by resting the mouse pointer on the button in the command bar. Table 1-1 describes the purpose of each of the buttons in the Open dialog box....
Part I: Getting Started.Chapter 1: Quick Tour of Access 2002.