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Get to know Access 2007

Access 2007 Navigation Pane

The Navigation Pane makes your database plain.

After you open a database template, the Navigation Pane shows you what's inside it. The pane lists the tables, forms, reports and other objects in a database.

The Navigation Pane is also where you go in order to use an object — to open a form and enter data or run a report. The Navigation Pane puts every database object right in front of you. Let's take a quick tour.

Callout 1 If the Navigation Pane is closed, open it by clicking the Shutter Bar Open/Close Button.
Callout 2 When you first open a database template, it may display shortcuts to your database objects. You can tell by the little arrows next to each icon. If you want to work with the objects themselves, click the bar at the top of the Navigation Pane and…
Callout 3 Select another category from the menu. Object Type is a good all-around category because it shows you everything in your database. After you select a category…
Callout 4 Your choice appears in the bar at the top of the Navigation Pane, so you always know how your objects are organized. And don't worry. If you don't like a category, just open the menu and select a new one at any time.

If you want more information about the Navigation Pane, see the links in the Quick Reference Card at the end of this course.

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