Microsoft Access Database: 4 Reasons Why It Is Good For Your Business

Microsoft Access Database: 4 Reasons Why It Is Good For Your Business

Here’s an article recently published about Microsoft Access databases called 4 Reasons Why Microsoft Access Is Good For Your Business which highlights the key reasons well.

The four bullet point reasons from the article are:

  • You Probably Already Have A Copy Of It
  • It’s Fully Integrated With Other Office Apps 
  • It’s Highly Versatile & Constantly Improving
  • It’s Scalable For Future Expansion

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Also take a look at an older article of mine expanding on the benefits of MS Access making it a perfect match for SME’s and individuals.

Ready for more help? Take a look at my eBook offers and see how easy it is to build Microsoft Access Databases. 🙂

Microsoft Access 2016 Will Soon Support Large Number (BigInt) Data Type

Microsoft Access 2016 Will Soon Support Large Number (BigInt) Data Type

Coming soon… Microsoft Access 2016 will gain a new data type called ‘Large Number‘ which will be an extension to the Number at a type or more commonly referred as BigInt (Big Integer).

Large Number (or BigInt) is a new supported data type that will help developers and users with added analytical capability. This extended support means that Access can finally read and write data to and from external data sources which make also makes use of BigInt.

This has been a limitation when importing data into an Access database from larger more robust database applications and this feature will be able to switched on or off (I guess to help keep the application optimised and not slow down too much).

As announced, “When creating new local tables or editing existing ones, Access now allows users to add fields that store BigInt numbers.” The upgrade, which adds a ‘Large Number‘ option to the ‘Click to Add’ menu when adding a new field to local tables, opens up new possibilities, allowing users to work with SQL data and other external data sources that use BigInt.

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If not already available (as installed), as an Office 365 subscriber you will need to run an update to get the new data type. Other variants of Microsoft Access 2016 will shortly also see this feature be available to download and install.

Watch out for  more information on how this new data type will be practically used in Access and more details will soon be available and reveal the scope of this new field type.

Microsoft Access Database Working On A Mac O/S

Microsoft Access Database Working On A Mac O/S

Don’t shoot the messenger but you can use Microsoft Access database on a Mac O/S – well with some software intervention that is!

The say things happen in three! Over the holiday period and starting the new year, I had to deal with my website hosting and domain provider shutting down forcing a change of all services (hence my new look and feel website), my broadband behaving even more erratically forcing me to upgrade to a super-fast alternative and finally my Windows 7 Pro laptop collapsing having spent all of last weekend trying to rebuild it.

Well, I had a choice – update and purchase a new laptop or consider working solely with my ever faithful Mac Book Pro (Sorry, Microsoft but I’m a Mac man now!).

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Having decided on the latter, I needed a simple and Continue reading “Microsoft Access Database Working On A Mac O/S”

Welcome To My Rebuilt Microsoft Access Database Website

Welcome To My Rebuilt and New Look and Feel Microsoft Access Database Website

A new year and a new look and feel website for you 🙂

So, if you haven’t visited us before, we are Access database tutorial – a blog website all about Microsoft Access database.

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Take a look, browse our blog articles since 2010 and consider some of our unique and exclusive offers and ebooks.

Very easy to follow eBooks and prebuilt eProduct tools to plug into your own Access database with 30 day email support and a money back guarantee (if not satisfied).

Microsoft Access: Office 365 Business Subscription Plans To Be included

Microsoft Access: Office 365 Business Subscription Plans To Be included

Microsoft plans to add Microsoft Access database to its Office 365 Business and Office 365 Business Premium subscription plans.

The above plans currently do not provide this all powerful Access application but from the 1st of December until the end of January 2017 will get this automatically updated to their accounts.

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Microsoft Access: Office 365 Business Subscription Plans To Be included

Be aware, if an organisation subscribing to either of those two plans has elected to get Office 365 updates via the “deferred channel” update process, then Microsoft Access will start to arrive in June 2017. The Office 365 updates so-called “channels,” arrive every four months are called the “deferred channel.” Therefore, “first release for deferred channel” update release arrives every four months and is designed for testing purposes. Continue reading “Microsoft Access: Office 365 Business Subscription Plans To Be included”

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 🙂 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.

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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 🙂

Microsoft Access Database Templates – Some Are Even Free!

Microsoft Access Database Templates – 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 – Some Are Even Free!”

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’t 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.

Microsoft Access Database: What is… Some Popular Questions

Microsoft Access Database: What is… Some Popular Questions

Here are some questions I’ve been asked over the years regarding Microsoft Access databases which I thought you may want to review. 

Q: What features make Microsoft Access a valuable tool over say the more popular Excel spreadsheet or any other desktop software?

A: The key feature is the ability to “ask questions” and perform actions with large amounts of the data via Queries which is its real strength.  For the common MS Office user who doesn’t know anything about MS Access databases, this application can seem fairly user-friendly and most users tend to lean to a more comfortable environment, namely Excel.

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Q: What’s the best way to start learning Microsoft Access?

A: It all depends on how you best absorb information and learn new technologies. Some people prefer a book but that can be quite time consuming and hard to follow as most books tend to be Continue reading “Microsoft Access Database: What is… Some Popular Questions”

How to Create an Autokeys Closing Macro in Microsoft Access

How to Create an Autokeys Closing Macro in Microsoft Access

As a follow on from my last post about Microsoft Access Macros, here’s a good working example clearly explained using the ‘unsafe’ CloseWindow command…

It walked you through creating a custom hotkey for Microsoft Access (using version 2010 though it will also apply through to the current version, 2016) which used the ‘Autokeys’ macro.

This macro shows you how to avoid a problem during a design and run-time for a form where incorrectly closing this object can save filters and sorts into their properties and alter their behaviour when re-visiting the form.
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