Welcome to the Access 2003 Bible—your personal guide to a powerful, easyto-
use database management system. This book is in its ninth revision and
has been totally re-written for Microsoft Office Access 2003 with new text, new pictures,
and a completely new and improved set of example files.
This book examines Access 2003 with more examples than any other Access book
ever written. We think that Microsoft Access is an excellent database manager and
the best Windows database on the market today. Our goal with this book is to share
what we know about Access and, in the process, to help make your work and your
This book contains everything you need in order to learn Microsoft Access to a
mid-advanced level. You’ll find that the book starts off with the basics and builds,
chapter by chapter, on topics previously covered. In places where it is essential
that you understand previously covered topics, we present the concepts again and
review how to perform specific tasks before moving on. Although each chapter is
an integral part of the book as a whole, each chapter can also stand on its own and
has its own example files. You can read the book in any order you want, skipping
from chapter to chapter and from topic to topic. (Note that this book’s index is particularly
thorough; you can refer to the index to find the location of a particular
topic you’re interested in.)
The examples in this book have been well thought out to simulate the types of
tables, queries, forms, and reports most people need to create when performing
common business activities. There are many notes, tips, and techniques (and even
a few secrets) to help you better understand the product.
This book can easily substitute for the manuals included with Access. In fact, many
users do not get manuals today, often relying on just the online help. This book will
guide you through each task you might want to do in Access. We even created
appendixes to be used as reference manuals for common Access specifications.
This book follows a much more structured approach than the Microsoft Access
manuals, going into more depth on almost every topic and showing many different
types of examples.