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Create tables for a new Access 2007 database

Learn to build tables
Learn how to build the tables for a new database. Tables are the backbone of a database, so building them well is a critical step. This course, the second in a series, explains how to use Access 2007 by creating a database from scratch.

About this course

This course includes:

  • One self-paced lesson and one practice session for hands-on experience. The practice requires Access 2007.
  • A short test at the end of the lesson; the test is not scored.
  • A Quick Reference Card you can take away from the course.


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Create a table in Datasheet view.
  • Set data types for the fields in the table.
  • Create a table by using a table template.
  • Create a table in Design view, and set the primary key for the table.
  • Create a lookup field — a field that provides a list of choices.
  • Use Design view to change the values in an existing lookup field.

Before you begin

The first course in this series explained how to plan the tables, fields, and primary keys for an asset-tracking database. You're creating the database because the spreadsheet you've been using is too big to manage.

This course explains how to build the tables for your new database. Why tables? Because they're the central component of your database. Without them, you can't store data.

If you're feeling intimidated, relax. We assume you're a beginner. Just make sure you've taken the first course in this series or that you're familiar with basic database concepts such as fields and primary keys.

To learn more about this course, read the text in Goals and About this course, or look at the table of contents. Then click Next to start the first lesson.

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