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Develop your Access 2003 expertise instantly with proven techniques! Let's face it: Microsoft Access is a large, intimidating program. Unlike Word or Excel where you can perform basic tasks without much in the way of training, Access presents challenges from the outset. Most people never progress beyond creating simple tables and using Wizards to create basic forms and reports. At the same time, everyone -- from managers to researchers to administrative assistants -- needs information and knows that what they seek is embedded somewhere in their Access tables. Without a more sophisticated knowledge of how to extract and present that data, they are forced to rely on office gurus and overworked IT people to provide canned reports or one-size-fits-all solutions. This book changes all that by giving you the skills to extract the data you need (queries), build efficient front-ends for that data (forms), and publish the results in an attractive and easy-to-read format (reports). To that end, this book shuns the big Access picture and instead focuses intently on queries, forms, and reports.
This in-depth approach will give you the knowledge and understanding you need to get at the data and prove the old saw that knowledge is indeed power. *Focuses like a laser on the three technologies that you must master to get the most out of Access: queries, forms, and reports. *Shuns database theory in favor of practical know-how that you can put to use right away. *Packed full of real-world examples and techniques to help you learn and understand the importance of each section.
Paul McFedries is the president of Logophilia Limited, a technical writing company. Now primarily a writer, Paul has worked as a programmer, consultant, spreadsheet developer and website developer. He has written more than 40 books that have sold nearly three million opies worldwide. These books include Formulas and Functions for Excel (Que, 2004), The Absolute Beginner's Guide to VBA (Que, 2004) and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Windows XP (Alpha, 2001).