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How to Create a Form that Appears When Access 2013 Opens

You can create an unbound form that appears when you open an Access 2013 database. Follow these steps to make your new form and the macro that will open the form automatically: [more…]

How to Convert an Older-Version Access Database to Access 2013

Access 2013 uses the same file format as Access 2007 and Access 2010 for storing its databases, but previous versions of Access use a different format. You can tell what version a database is by opening [more…]

Changing Form Controls with VBA in Access 2013

When an Access 2013 database form is open, you can use VBA code to change the contents and even the appearance of the form, from the big picture down to the individual controls. [more…]

How to Create a New Access 2013 Form

Want to make a brand new form in Access 2013? Here’s how — in less than ten steps — you can create and adjust your Access form to your liking: [more…]

Finding Alternatives to Access Data Projects

If you’re a user of Access 2000 through 2010, you may be familiar with Access Data Project (ADP) files — Access data files that provide access to SQL Server databases. Access 2013 drops support for the [more…]

Getting Help with Functions in Access 2013

Just seeing the name of a built-in function in the third column of the Access 2013 Expression Builder doesn't tell you much. You don't know what the function does or how you use it, but you can get instant [more…]

How to Keep Blank Pages Out of Your Access 2013 Report

Almost every Access user winds up with blank pages in a report; the blank pages appear in Print Preview. What causes these extra pages, anyway — and how do you get rid of them? [more…]

How to Filter Multiple Fields in Access 2013

If you want to filter multiple fields in Access 2013, the flexible Filter by Form feature is what you need. Although you can apply the filters to the various fields by using several different techniques [more…]

Access 2013 All-In-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Access 2013 makes managing your data easy, combining a visual interface with the power of a relational database. Discover how to organize data into tables, design forms and reports for editing and presenting [more…]

Access 2013 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Access 2013 makes managing data easy, enabling you to set up a database quickly, enter records into that database, and then use the data however you like. With Access 2013, you can organize data into tables [more…]

How to Set Table Relationships in Access 2013

If you want to build a table relationship in Access 2013, you must first open the Relationships window. You do that by following these steps: [more…]

How to Import Data Sources in Access 2013

Access has some great wizards that make the importing process easy. Here are the steps for importing or linking data sources to your Access database: [more…]

How to Run the Query Wizard in Access 2013

With Access' Query Wizard, you enter table and field information, and the Simple Query Wizard takes care of the rest. Here's how you create a query: [more…]

How to Start the Report Wizard in Access 2013

The Report Wizard requires a few more decisions from you than the Report tool, but it’s more flexible than the instant Report tool. Here goes: [more…]

How to Create a Navigation Form in Access 2013

Access 2013 provides several layouts for Navigation forms; which one you choose depends on what you need done. Here’s how you build a Navigation form: [more…]

10 Things You Need to Know about Relationships in Access 2013

Relationships between fields, tables, records and so on are the most common things you deal with in Access 2013. Keep these ten tips in mind: [more…]

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