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I recently finished re-recording Access Beginner 1 for 2021 which will show changes in the Access 2019 / Microsoft 365 versions. The differences between previous versions are minor - mostly terminology (memo fields are now called long text, etc.) I'm currently re-recording Beginner Level 2, and will continue to upgrade the more advanced lessons as I have time.

Office 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 and Microsoft 365 are nearly identical. Therefore, it's not a high priority for me to record separate lessons for each version. Once you're beyond the basics, you should be just fine with the older lessons.

Right now, for example, Access Beginner 2 thru Expert 3 were recorded with Access 2010. Everything from Expert 4 to about Developer 13 were in Access 2013. Aside from some minor cosmetic differences, pretty much everything is exactly the same as Access 2019. I do want to re-record them eventually to use the larger video format, but the material is nearly identical. You'll have no problems following along with them no matter what version of Access you're using.

I like to record separate videos for the Beginner Level 1 lessons so that I don't confuse any users who are absolutely new to the software, but after that point, all of the lessons from Beginner Level 2 on are all recorded in the then-current version of the software. There are no separate lessons for these versions. They would be identical to the previous videos, so I didn't bother re-recording them.

Yes, there are a few MINOR additions and changes in some of the versions, but the vast majority of the material is the same, and if there is a major change, I either re-recorded that lesson segment, or I have made an addendum video and you will get a copy of that video with the class. So far, in 15 years, I've only had to make two.

In my expert opinion, 99% of the material covered in my Office 2007, 2010, and 2013 lessons are PERFECTLY FINE for all users, however, if you do discover something different, however, please let me know.

I hope this clears up the confusion.



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Steven Luttrell 
2 years ago
For some reason I accidentally signed up for Access 2010 Beginner Courses.  I am up to lesson 5 and have learned quite a bit already, however, I would like to switch over to access 2016 beginner. Any suggestions on what lesson to start with on Access 2016 Beginner Course. Id rather not start from the beginning again.
Richard Rost
2 years ago
Hi Steven. I moved your comment from the Forum to the News article I wrote explaining about this. Keep cranking along with the lessons you're on, and if you do find any major differences in the lessons between what's shown and what you've got, please let me know!
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Angelo Granzotti 
8 years ago
I am only interested in advanced level materials so I will be happy to hear from you when you have it applicable to Access 2013.

Reply from Richard Rost:

I'd say over 95% of everything covered in my Access 300-series is applicable to ANY version of Access, including 2013. The only thing that's really different is the interface (Ribbon menus). If you're at that advanced level, you won't have any problems figuring out where the commands have moved. Read More...
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Kerra Cameron 
8 years ago
Do you have any videos for building SQL databases.  I have been a access user for a while and I am ready to upgrade to SQL.

Reply from Richard Rost:

I have lessons on the SQL language as it pertains to Access, but I don't have an SQL SERVER lesson yet. I expect to have one very soon, however. Read More...
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