Microsoft Access Databases – Using Data Analysis Tools

Microsoft Access Databases – Using Data Analysis Tools

Here’s a quick one minute video demonstration on the main Microsoft Access database tools available for your reference.

This video tutorial is based on Access 2013 but it applies to all versions (albeit maybe found in other parts of the application).

As you can see, these tools look a little tired and old style Windows which Continue reading “Microsoft Access Databases – Using Data Analysis Tools”

What Are The New Features In Microsoft Access 2016

What Are The New Features In Microsoft Access 2016

Here’s a quick less than three minute video on what’s new with Microsoft Access 2016 to quickly discover if it’s actually worth the upgrade!

As the video informs us, there seems to be little difference between the previous version (2013) and not convincing us it’s worth the effort or even an additional Continue reading “What Are The New Features In Microsoft Access 2016”

Microsoft Access Database Blog – Six Years On

Microsoft Access Database Blog – Six Years On

Wow! It’s been nearly six years of providing you with Microsoft Access database blogs and I wanted to say a big thank you to all you, the subscribers and of course those who entrusted me by purchasing one of my e-products and e-books.

If this is your first visit to my blog then welcome ūüôā Take a look at this¬†blog site¬†and browse the history by selecting the¬†Archive¬†‘drop-down’ box by month.

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There are over 300 posts and several ways to navigate through the archives by clicking a category, selecting a month or using the recent posts feature.

Microsoft Access Database Blog – Six Years On

Remember, to sign up for your free weekly tips and e-book. 

If you want to know more detail or like some of my e-product utilities, why not take a chance and purchase them? In fact, there’s no risk at all as I provide a full money back guarantee plus a 30-day email support to help you through the learning curve (which is not really too steep!).

Once again, a big thank you to all for visiting my¬†Microsoft Access database blog ūüôā

Microsoft Access Database: Should We Be Using Calculated Table Fields

Microsoft Access Database: Should We Be Using Calculated Table Fields

With the introduction of Microsoft Access 2010, a new data type field appeared in your table design view which provided a basic way to take fields in the¬†same table and create new expressions as a new dedicated field sitting at the ‘top of hierarchy’ database!

However, should we really be using this new data type and practice at all?

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Purists will frown upon this technique and say you should stick with Excel to store real values and expressions together. By doing so, you are breaking the rules of database normalisation and also cause a maintenance headache once your database has been deployed.

There are some considerations to think about that may Continue reading “Microsoft Access Database: Should We Be Using Calculated Table Fields”

Microsoft Access 2016 Database – New eBook Arriving Soon

Microsoft Access 2016 Database – New eBook Arriving Soon

Since the release of Microsoft Access 2016 late last year, everyone has been busy re-writing and documenting the changes to MS Access and in essence, there’s little difference when comparing it to the previous version (2013).

However, to help freshen up and bring any newer features into the fold, I too have been busy re-writing my current eBooks which were originally written and supported for most versions ranging as far back as version 2000 (through to 2010).

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As usual, you can expect all the key and Continue reading “Microsoft Access 2016 Database – New eBook Arriving Soon”

Microsoft Access Database Templates ‚Äď Some Are Even Free!

Microsoft Access Database Templates ‚Äď Some Are Even Free!

With the latest version of Microsoft Access database (2016) and following on with tradition, Microsoft provides a selection of free Access templates and these can be found via a new database file action where thumbnails are available to get you started.

Quite a few of the standard templates are reasonable and they do require more custom design time to at least make them more user friendly.

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However, take the above ‘Tasks’ database example which created several different objects including tables, queries, forms and reports – In fact, 30 objects were generated which also¬†included macros and a little VBA code.

Other database templates can also been found like Continue reading “Microsoft Access Database Templates ‚Äď Some Are Even Free!”

Microsoft Access Database 2016: Printing Reports

Microsoft Access Database 2016: Printing Reports

A report is only as good as the data stored and retrieved (typically via a query) in your Microsoft Access database but this simple video tutorial (less than 3 minutes) demonstrates what the¬†feature you can run from your report print preview…

While you can print reports using commands via the Backstage view, you can also use Print Preview. Print Preview shows you how your report will appear on the printed page. It also allows you to modify the way your report is displayed, print it, and even save it as a different file type like the popular PDF format .

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Access Database Forms: Should We Use Unbound Forms?

Access Database Forms: Should We Use Unbound Forms?

I’ve always been a big fan of Microsoft Access databases, why? Because I like the way a rich application like this can be customised and designed from the floor up with little IT programming and development knowledge. Plus, I like building things ūüôā

As a recap, knowing the difference between what an unbound versus a bound Access form is will help divide the distinction and allow you to determine which approach will suit best.

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MS Access like any other development IDE will provide an endless set of properties across the ‘one-stop shop’ set of objects and forms are no different. One property we are talking about of course is Continue reading “Access Database Forms: Should We Use Unbound Forms?”

Microsoft Access Database File Format: What is an ACCDR File?

Microsoft Access Database File Format: What is an ACCDR File?

You may have come across the ACCDR extension file format option for a Microsoft Access database instead of the standard and more commonly used file extension ACCDB. So what is this file extension format?

Simply put, the letter ‘R‘ could best be denoted as the ‘run-time’ mode¬†of your MS Access application which will lock the database¬†as a ‘read-only’ instance from¬†the design and general application.

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The method is very straight forward! Just simply rename the file extension (once the database file is closed) to ‘.ACCDR’ via the O/S Windows Explorer. Make sure you can see the file extension view (search the web on how to switch this view on).

To open the newly renamed file extension will need to be carried out¬†from either Windows Explorer view or an icon shortcut and not via the Microsoft Access database application’s ‘Open‘ command.

When you do this, you will note the interface will Continue reading “Microsoft Access Database File Format: What is an ACCDR File?”

Accountants Should Dump Microsoft Excel for Microsoft Access Database

Accountants Should Dump Microsoft Excel for Microsoft Access Database

I’ve been saying this for years, Microsoft Access databases is¬†simply far better than Excel. In fact Access is just Excel on steroids!

As the following link to this article says “we are all Excel-aholics who can‚Äôt get through the day without busting out a spreadsheet…“.¬†

Here’s the article link: http://goingconcern.com/post/accountants-should-dump-microsoft-excel-database-software

Accountants Should Dump Microsoft Excel for Microsoft Access Database

Accountants Should Dump Microsoft Excel for Microsoft Access Database

The default reaction is to lean towards Excel and that’s understandable but that’s because it’s how we are all first taught to use this application and the ease of how a spreadsheet ¬†can be to manipulate data and analyse out.

But where data integrity and security protection  is key to the maintenance and workflows of a system, you simple have to consider Microsoft Access databases.

There’s also a compromise where both could be used and this maybe a fair outcome to get the best of both using their strengths and dismissing the weaknesses at the same time.

Want to learn more? Take a look at my eBook bundle covering the key objects of Microsoft Access database.