Access 2013: The Missing Manual

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Unlock the secrets of Access 2013 and discover how to use your data in creative ways. With this book’s easy step-by-step instructions, you’ll learn how to build and maintain a full-featured database and even turn it into a web app. You also get tips and practices from the pros for good database design—ideal whether you’re using Access for business, school, or at home.

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Unlock the secrets of Access 2013 and discover how to use your data in creative ways. With this book’s easy step-by-step instructions, you’ll learn how to build and maintain a full-featured database and even turn it into a web app. You also get tips and practices from the pros for good database design—ideal whether you’re using Access for business, school, or at home.

The important stuff you need to know

  • Build a database with ease. Organize and update lists, documents, catalogs, and other types of information.
  • Create your own web app. Let your whole team work on a database in the cloud.
  • Share your database on a network. Link your Access database to SQL Server or SharePoint.
  • Customize the interface. Make data entry a breeze by building your own templates
  • Find what you need fast. Search, sort, and summarize huge amounts of data in minutes.
  • Put your info to use. Turn raw info into well-formatted printed reports.
  • Dive into Access programming. Automate complex tasks and solve common challenges.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449357412
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/25/2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 866
  • Sales rank: 253,885
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew MacDonald is a science and technology writer with well over a dozen books to his name. Web novices can tiptoe out onto the Internet with him in Creating a Website: The Missing Manual. HTML fans can learn about the cutting edge of web design in HTML5: The Missing Manual. And human beings of all description can discover just how strange they really are in the quirky handbooks Your Brain: The Missing Manual and Your Body: The Missing Manual.

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Table of Contents

The Missing Credits;
About the Author;
About the Creative Team;
The Missing Manual Series;
What You Can Do with Access;
The Access Ribbon;
The Changes in Access 2013;
About This Book;
About the Online Resources;
Safari® Books Online;
Part 1: Storing Information in Tables;
Chapter 1: Creating Your First Database;
1.1 Understanding Access Databases;
1.2 Starting a Database;
1.3 Building Your First Table;
1.4 Saving Databases;
1.5 Opening Databases;
1.6 The Navigation Pane;
Chapter 2: Building Smarter Tables;
2.1 Understanding Data Types;
2.2 Design View;
2.3 Access Data Types;
2.4 The Primary Key;
2.5 Six Principles of Database Design;
Chapter 3: Mastering the Datasheet: Sorting, Searching, and Filtering;
3.1 Datasheet Customization;
3.2 Datasheet Navigation;
3.3 Advanced Editing;
3.4 Printing the Datasheet;
Chapter 4: Blocking Bad Data;
4.1 Data Integrity Basics;
4.2 Input Masks;
4.3 Validation Rules;
4.4 Lookups;
Chapter 5: Linking Tables with Relationships;
5.1 Relationship Basics;
5.2 Using a Relationship;
5.3 More Exotic Relationships;
5.4 Relationship Practice;
Part 2: Manipulating Data with Queries;
Chapter 6: Queries That Select Records;
6.1 Query Basics;
6.2 Creating Queries;
6.3 Queries and Related Tables;
Chapter 7: Essential Query Tricks;
7.1 Calculated Fields;
7.2 Query Functions;
7.3 Query Parameters;
Chapter 8: Queries That Summarize Data;
8.1 Totals Queries;
8.2 Crosstab Queries;
Chapter 9: Queries That Change Tables;
9.1 Understanding Action Queries;
9.2 Update Queries;
9.3 Append Queries;
9.4 Delete Queries;
9.5 Tutorial: Flagging Out-of-Stock Orders;
Part 3: Printing Reports;
Chapter 10: Creating Reports;
10.1 Report Basics;
10.2 Printing, Previewing, and Exporting a Report;
10.3 Formatting a Report;
10.4 Filtering and Sorting a Report;
Chapter 11: Designing Advanced Reports;
11.1 Improving Reports in Design View;
11.2 The Report Wizard;
11.3 The Label Wizard;
11.4 Fine-Tuning Reports with Properties;
11.5 Expressions;
11.6 Grouping;
Part 4: Building a User Interface with Forms;
Chapter 12: Creating Simple Forms;
12.1 Creating Forms;
12.2 Using Forms;
12.3 Sorting and Filtering in a Form;
12.4 Creating Fancy Forms;
12.5 The Form Wizard;
Chapter 13: Designing Advanced Forms;
13.1 Customizing Forms in Design View;
13.2 Taking Control of Controls;
13.3 Forms and Linked Tables;
Chapter 14: Building a Navigation System;
14.1 Mastering the Navigation Pane;
14.2 Building Forms with Navigation Smarts;
14.3 Navigation Forms;
14.4 Linking to Related Data;
Part 5: Programming Access;
Chapter 15: Automating Tasks with Macros;
15.1 Macro Essentials;
15.2 Macros and Security;
15.3 Three Macro Recipes;
15.4 Managing Macros;
Chapter 16: Connecting Macros to Forms and Tables;
16.1 Macro-Powered Forms;
16.2 Conditional Macros;
16.3 Data Macros;
Chapter 17: Automating Tasks with Visual Basic;
17.1 The Visual Basic Editor;
17.2 Putting Code in a Form;
17.3 Understanding Objects;
17.4 Using Objects;
Chapter 18: Writing Smarter Code;
18.1 Exploring the VB Language;
18.2 Dealing with Trouble;
18.3 Deeper into Objects;
18.4 Using VB to Run a Better Business;
Part 6: Going Large: Access Databases for Many Users;
Chapter 19: Sharing a Database on Your Network;
19.1 Opening Up Your Database to the World;
19.2 Preparing Your Database;
19.3 Playing Well with Others;
19.4 Data Corruption;
19.5 Securing Your Database;
Chapter 20: Building an Access Web App;
20.1 Assessing Web Apps;
20.2 Preparing for Web Apps;
20.3 Building a Simple Web App;
20.4 Running Your Web App;
20.5 Customizing Views;
20.6 Creating More Advanced Views;
20.7 Tutorial: Creating a Web App from an Access Database;
Chapter 21: Linking Access to SQL Server;
21.1 How Access and SQL Server Can Work Together;
21.2 Getting Started with SQL Server Express;
21.3 Building a SQL Server Database;
21.4 Editing SQL Server Tables in Access;
21.5 Migrating an Access Database to SQL Server;
Chapter 22: Linking Access to SharePoint;
22.1 Understanding SharePoint;
22.2 SharePoint and Access;
Chapter 23: Importing and Exporting Data;
23.1 Case for Importing and Exporting;
23.2 Using the Clipboard;
23.3 Import and Export Operations;
23.4 Access and XML;
Part 7: Appendix;
Customizing Access;
Adding Your Favorites to the QAT;
Personalizing the Ribbon;

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