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Access 2013: The Missing Manual

Access 2013: The Missing Manual [Kindle Edition]

Matthew MacDonald
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The book that should have been in the box

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Unlock the secrets of Access 2013 and discover how to use your data in creative ways. With this book’s easy step-by-step instructions, you’ll learn how to build and maintain a full-featured database and even turn it into a web app. You also get tips and practices from the pros for good database design—ideal whether you’re using Access for business, school, or at home.

The important stuff you need to know

  • Build a database with ease. Organize and update lists, documents, catalogs, and other types of information.
  • Create your own web app. Let your whole team work on a database in the cloud.
  • Share your database on a network. Link your Access database to SQL Server or SharePoint.
  • Customize the interface. Make data entry a breeze by building your own templates
  • Find what you need fast. Search, sort, and summarize huge amounts of data in minutes.
  • Put your info to use. Turn raw info into well-formatted printed reports.
  • Dive into Access programming. Automate complex tasks and solve common challenges.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 15704 KB
  • Print Length: 866 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (11 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CBM1WH0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #186,243 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Half manual, half tutorial 11 May 2013
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It is a good book, written in easy language. It includes some good examples which reflect practical complexity. It also includes necessary technical tips. It features however 2 defaults, usual with computer books:
1) Childish step-by-step instructions: I think most of us now understand how to use a Windows interface, and there is no need to repeat ad nauseum how to add columns in a view, how to delete fields, etc... This takes space and time to read.
2) Book is split in sections which cover one aspect (Table, Queries, Reports, Forms...), and it digs in depth each section. I would prefer to have first a global overview of each aspect, then go in depth. I therefore recommend that you first read the first chapter of each section, then the second, and the third.
But altogether I can see that a lot of efforts were made for this book, and it justifies its price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Buy 18 April 2014
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Nice easy fun guide. Well recommended if like me you want to brush up on your skills and get a wide ranging overview of all the key components of Access. A good primer.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not much detailed 23 Sep 2013
By Deepthy Nair - Published on
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I was looking for a more detailed book. For eg - the book talks about linking tables from excel file, but there is no details about how to go about on reporting from there or how to create a union query or how to create a back-end database. The book is probably for someone who already know how o manipulate in Access, but looking for addiitonal tips. Not for a beginner definitely.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive Guide to Access 2013 5 Aug 2013
By WC Sungod - Published on
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This is the best book on Access 2013 I've been able to find. It's comprehensive and well written. It seems to straddle the line between a textbook and a reference manual, veering on the side of textbook more than I'd prefer.

Search suffers from a failure to recognize some valid Access terms, gives many more results (sometimes hundreds) making it a laborious exercise to find what you're looking for, and gives more than one reference for a term where here are multiple uses on one page.

For users coming from earlier versions of Access (2007 and 2010) there is no discussion of how to work around features that were dropped from Access 2013 (pivot tables). There's either a statement that you now have to use something else (pivot tables) or there's no discussion at all (data collection forms).

Still, I find "Access 2013: The Missing Manual" my go-to book when I need information on a particular topic.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Example files are absent 11 Feb 2014
By Leander - Published on
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The obvious way to make a book like this functional is to include sample databases that the reader can download from the web and follow along with or manipulate as the book instructs. In fact, the book promises exactly that, on page 18: "Go to ...where you can download a Zip file that includes the examples, organized chapter by chapter." That sounds great, but is only about 30% true. I have now completed chapters 1-4, and the majority of the exercises have no corresponding example database to work with. For example, I am currently on page 153 in chapter 4, learning about Table Validation Rules. I am asked to create a rule to ensure that Date Ordered is earlier than Date Shipped. There is no example database listed under chapter 4 or any preceding chapter that has columns called DateOrdered or DateShipped. While I can create a database from scratch that includes these fields and practice with it, that is not what the promotional material has promised to potential purchasers of the book.

This problem has been present in every chapter so far. Even when there is a usable example database, the reader is left to guess which one, among three or four possibilities, to open. Only in the first few pages of the book does the author say something like "Open the example database called "Bobblehead". The reader is left to open all examples, and guess which one will be best for the exercise.

On the positive side, the style is easy to read, and understandable to me. (I am a beginner at database use, design, and programming.) Also, the number of books for beginners on this subject is very small, and this may still be the best book despite the apparent sloppiness with examples.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference 18 May 2014
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If you are looking for a manual that gives you a quick reference to major features, I highly recommend this one.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Missing Manual Is Great 17 July 2013
By Oyhane Go - Published on
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It is not technical at all. It is easy to follow. The author makes learning and using Access so simple.
I recommend this manual. I had ordered the "Bible" manual previously; it was very hard to follow and did not show me how use Access. And the price for the Missing Manual is excellent!
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