Access Boot Camp

Course Description

Microsoft Access Crash Course

icon_accessThis class covers basic concepts in Microsoft Access and teaches foundational skills for building a database.

Training Class Goal

Students will come from this class feeling confident in designing a simple Access database or making changes to an existing one.


Intermediate computer skills and experience with Microsoft Excel and other Microsoft Office programs.

Topics Covered

  • Design vs. Datasheet View
  • Database wizard
  • Creating blank databases
  • Creating tables

Working with Fields

  • Adding fields
  • Identifying primary key fields
  • Adding records
  • Changing table designs
  • Modifying field names
  • Deleting and inserting fields


  • Finding and editing records
  • Sorting and filtering records
  • Setting field properties
  • Input Masks
  • Validation Rules
  • Indexes


  • Creating Queries
  • Filtering Queries
  • Modifying query results
  • Operations in Queries
  • Using Calculators
  • Average and Count functions
  • Creating forms to enter data
  • Formatting and customizing forms
  • Using forms to find, sort, and filter records
  • Creating reports through the report wizard
  • Field properties

Relational databases

  • Database normalization
  • Table Relationships
  • Referential integrity

    Related Tables

  • Creating lookup fields
  • Modifying lookup fields
  • Sub-datasheets

    Complex queries

  • Joining tables in a query
  • Using calculated fields
  • Summarizing and grouping values

    Advanced form design

  • Adding unbound controls
  • Graphics
  • Adding combo boxes

    Reports and printing

  • Customized headers and footers
  • Calculated values
  • Labels

Charts in forms and reports

Pivot Tables and Pivot Charts

    Querying with SQL

  • SQL and Access
  • Writing SQL statements
  • Attaching SQL queries to controls

    Advanced Queries

  • Creating parameter queries
  • Using Action queries


  • Creating, running, and modifying macros
  • Attaching macros to the events of database objects

    Advanced Macros

  • Creating macros to provide user interaction
  • Creating macros that require user input
  • Creating the AutoKeys and AutoExec macros
  • Creating macros for data transfer

    Importing, Exporting, and Linking

  • Importing objects
  • Exporting objects
  • Interacting with XML documents
  • Linking Access objects
  • Working with Windows SharePoint Services

    Database Management

  • Optimizing resources
  • Protecting databases
  • Setting options and properties

    Internet Integration

  • Hyperlink fields
  • Working with Outlook
  • Navigation Forms
  • Tabbed Forms
  • Switchboards
  • Splash Screens
  • Read-Only Forms
  • Workshop – Instructor led assistance on individual student databases


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