Getting Started - Access Introduction
The first thing you will do is to open Access. In the Windows XP operating system, this means clicking the START menu, going to All Programs, choosing the Microsoft Office folder, and selecting Microsoft Access. Within the Vista and Windows 7 operating systems, you can do the same procedure or you can just type in Access within the search bar.
Depending on the version of Access that you are using, your screen may be different. Below are some screen shots of the home screen for Access 2007 and Access 2010 -
Each screen has a different set of options that you can choose from - a blank database, a blank web database, recent templates that you've used, sample templates (usually from Microsoft), templates that you've created yourself, and opening an existing database. Be advised that if you choose a blank database, but save it under the name that another database has, you will completely erase the existing database.
For this Access introduction, we will start a new blank database. Both the 2007 and 2010 versions will appear the same, with only some minor differences. The screen may remind you of a Microsoft Excel sheet, with the different columns, rows, and the ability to type in and rearrange them. You can name the fields as you choose (the screen has simple fields of Last Name, First Name, address, etc)