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Matthew MacDonald
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Book Description

2 July 2010 1449382371 978-1449382377 1

Unlock the secrets of this powerful database program and discover how to use your data in creative ways. With this book’s easy step-by-step process, you’ll quickly learn how to build and maintain a complete Access database, using Access 2013’s new, simpler user interface and templates. You also get practices and tips from the pros for good database design—ideal whether you’re using Access for school, business, or at home.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • Build a database with ease. Store information to track numbers, products, documents, and more.
  • Customize the interface. Build your own forms to make data entry a snap.
  • Find what you need fast. Search, sort, and summarize huge amounts of information.
  • Put your data to use. Turn raw info into printed reports with attractive formatting.
  • Share your data. Collaborate online with SharePoint and the Access web database.
  • Dive into Access programming. Get tricks and techniques to automate common tasks.
  • Create rich data connections. Build dynamic links with SQL Server, SharePoint, and other systems.

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  • Paperback: 834 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (2 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449382371
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449382377
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 17.8 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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72 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really excellent guide for the non-expert 22 Mar 2011
I'm not a programmer or IT person - but have got some experience with databases. I foolishly thought that I'd be able to work out Access 2010 just by playing with it, but kept hitting all those infuriating built-in idiocies that it has (like having to delete relationships before you can create a look-up that requires the relationship you have to delete!) Finally decided that I needed a decent guide. Luckily I found this book.

I've used many manuals for different topics of varying degrees of usefulness over the years, but this is amongst the very best. It avoids space-wasting and patronising talk, yet is gently humorous. It is very very well structured, has brilliant little worked examples and takes an intelligent route through the jungle of things you need to know. It also gives sensible warnings about likely problems and pitfalls. So far it has managed to answer every question I have thrown at it. It goes from absolute basics all the way through macros up to SQL and VB. So far, the first half of the book has been more than enough to justify its purchase. It also allows access to an online version for 45 days (not terribly useful; would rather get a free pdf as similar titles offer). Amazingly, I haven't yet come across a single misprint or typo (the kind that has you flustered for days trying to work out what is wrong.)

All in all, a thoroughly good book that does exactly what it says on the cover. Highly recommended.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive 5 July 2011
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This is a broad-ranging manual which goes from the basic elements right through to advanced stuff such as writing code and sharing data on servers. It is a fairly thick volume (at 800+pages), and tightly packed with detail. It is a rather plain book, illustrations are all black-and-white and there is nothing fancy, but it is very well organised, and focused on really useful information. For example, one of the revised features of Access 2010 is the macro builder, and there is some very helpful stuff here about using the new-style macros. You don't get a CD with this book because all of the working files used in the book (- and there are some good practical database examples) are downloadable free from the Missing Manuals website.
An absolute beginner might prefer one of the colourful step-by-step guides, or someone who likes jokes could try the "For Dummies" series, but personally I really liked this book and thought it easily the best serious manual on Access 2010 available, by a significant margin (- and that includes the publications from Microsoft Press).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the cover 21 Jun 2011
By Ferdie
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Really great way in to Access 2010, best if you understand basic database theory. Gives you a way in to using all the main features in a short time. Not deep or a reference manual but I could always find help quickly for the things I wanted to do. I found it pitched at just the right level for easy reading with good ideas and practice illustrated. I have moved from Access 2003 which was really hard work, 2010(2007) is a great step forward and this book gets you going quickly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent manual for beginners 24 Oct 2011
By larsdt
As stated in some of the other reviews, this book is great if you are a newbee like me. I would imagine it would be a waste of time reading it if you're allready a database guru and just want to know the changes from older versions of Access and the 2010 version.
On the other hand if you are new to Access, this book teaches all you need to know: Not only how the interface works but also how to create and maintain a database regardless of the software.
Access is very complex software but with this book and a little knowledge about using Windows, you will be off to a good start. Lots of good illustrated examples too.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book 3 Nov 2011
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I decided I wanted to learn how to use Access effectively, so that I could come up with new ideas and tools at work, and to better my CV.

This book is great. It is suitable for someone who has not used Access before but quickly moves on to the practical, useful tools.

If Access is all you're interested in then this book is for you, but I also believe this is a good introduction to databases too. Using Access it explains basic database theory, and I have just ordered an SQL book to carry on learning, beyond the limitations of Access.

Definitely recommend!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Title is accurate 22 Oct 2011
By trog
Very good manual. I have used the older Access to amend databases, but never started one from scratch. This is very helpful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Manual 9 May 2012
By BigBaby
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I've been stuggling to discover the limitations of MS Access for long time. The book covers this in a concise, easy to understand chapter. Helps decide where Access is the best platform for a project and how to move on if not.

Much of the content is basic, but does really fill the gap between too basic and too advanced.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great manual 25 April 2013
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For a previous version of Access I had tried to follow the instructions in the the Access for Dummies book, but struggled with the explanations so wanted another option for Access 2010. Having read reviews for Access 2010 The Missing Manual, I thought I would give it a try. It was an excellent decision. The instructions are clear to follow and are written in a non-technical language which is easy to understand. My only problem is trawling through the index for something that I don't know the technical name for.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Useful addition to the MS Access armoury
Very readable and understandable. A useful tool.
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for the experienced. Barely passable for the novice.
I bought this manual to learn more about 'Navigation Forms', as other Access manuals I have, don't cover these at all. Read more
Published 15 days ago by MR DAVID SIMPSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by P. J. Bullin
5.0 out of 5 stars The great thing about this book is that it really doesn't ...
The great thing about this book is that it really doesn't miss anything out. I'm quite good with excel but I knew that Microsoft Access was quite a different beast altogether so I... Read more
Published 1 month ago by ithomson
5.0 out of 5 stars Giving you access to Access.
This is a clear concise manual with lots of clear diagrams, also if you go to the web addresses provided you can download the examples in the book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by P. Mellor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book, very informative. Best Access book by far
Published 2 months ago by eireangel2012
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent introduction
Easy to follow, nicely set out and quite comprehensive and an excellent introduction to MS Access for a beginner such as myself.
Published 4 months ago by y
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I had this when I first started with Acess
I will miss this manual if I ever forget my Kindle when I'm dabbling with Access. Written for ordinary people.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars answered some questions
not a bad book overall and certainly helped with the queries I was having issues at the time - if you need answers - this is not a bad place to start.
Published 8 months ago by cm_parry
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear. Concise, Comprehensive
The book structure follows Micrsoft's online guidance. It covers everything from what a database is (why the exist) through to how to set up complex queries and reports. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. Matthew S. Hanchard
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