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Courses - Microsoft Access 201
Description: Intermediate Microsoft Access 1
Running Time: 68 minutes
Pre-Requisites: Access 104 very strongly recommended
Previous Lesson: Access 104
Next Lesson: Access 202
Main Topics: Relational Databases, Multi-Table Queries, Global Relationships, Combo Boxes
Versions: This course is valid for Access 2000 through 2003. If you are using Access 2007 or 2010, you will still benefit from this course. You will find that the concepts are the same, but there are cosmetic differences between the versions.

    

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Microsoft Access 201
Intermediate Access 1

Creating relational databases, relating customer and contacts table, relational combo boxes, much more. 68 Minutes.
 

AC201 Major Topics

  • Relational Database Concepts
  • Queries with Multiple Tables
  • Customer Combo Box
  • Global Relationships

This is the first of the Intermediate series of Access courses. We will begin by learning about relational database concepts - and why relational databases are more powerful than traditional "flat file" databases.

 

Next, we'll revisit the contacts table we constructed in the last class - this time, we'll build it properly and make it relational.

 

We'll then construct a query to relate the two tables together (customers and contacts).

 

We'll update our contact report to deal with the new changes in our database.

 

Next we'll build a contact form to display and edit this data. On this contact form, we'll create a combo box to allow us to select the customer from our list of customers. This way we don't have to know the customer's ID - we just pick them from the list.

 

We'll add the button for the new contact form onto our Main Menu.

 

Next, we'll take a look at Global Relationships between tables, why they're important, and why we're not going to use them... yet.

 

This is the big one! Don't miss this course. We cover a lot of very key concepts in this course - especially our discussion on relational database concepts, and learning how to create a combo box to look up a value from a different table. These are very important concepts, and we will build in them on most of our future Access courses.

 

 

Access 201 Outline
 
1. Introduction

2. Relational Database (RDB) Concepts
Why are RDBs important
One-to-one relationships
One-to-many relationships
Many-to-one relationships
Many-to-many relationships
Normalization

3. Relational Contacts Table
Making our contact management relational
Inserting a CustomerID in ContactT
Removing duplicated fields
What is a Foreign Key?

4. Contact Query
Manually creating query relationships
Deleting relationships
String concatenation
Dealing with duplicated fields
Correcting our contact report
Manual formatting of the phone field

5. Contact Form
Constructing a contact form
Using a combo box to pick the customer
Manually editing combo box properties

6. Miscellaneous
Add contact form button to main menu
Global relationships between tables
Creating and deleting links between fields

7. Review
 


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