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Access 2013 Beginner 1

If you are new to Microsoft Access 2013, this video tutorial will teach you all of the basics of how to build a Microsoft Access database. You will learn:

  • Database Terminology & Benefits
  • Planning Your Database
  • The Access Interface & Ribbon
  • Building a Customer Table
  • Entering and Editing Data
  • Sorting & Filtering Records
  • Constructing Customer Queries
  • Designing a Customer Form Interface
  • Developing Reports & Mailing Labels

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Matthew Rafferty   
Wed 7/29
Hi Rick,

If my student database includes students that already have a unique ID assigned e.g. a personnel number, shoulder that number be the primary key? Thanks PS Really enjoying the Learning zone!
Richard Rost
Wed 7/29
I recommend against it. I like to use an Autonumber for the primary key because Access will assign it and maintain it. The user can't edit it. Technically the user never even has to see it or know what it is. If you want to add that Personnel Number as an additional field for searching, that's perfectly fine. Index it, no duplicates. But don't make it the primary key. Later on when you get to relationships in Expert Level 1, you'll see why Autonumbers are best for PKs.
Richard Rost
Wed 7/29
That's a good question. I get asked it a lot. Maybe I'll turn this into a TechHelp video. :)
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