In a relational database, tables store your data. Your data doesn't "live" anywhere else, and that makes tables the central component of your database. If you don't have tables, you don't have a database.
Access gives you several ways to create tables, and this course shows you how to use three of them: Datasheet view, table templates, and Design view.
In Datasheet view, you build a table by entering field names and setting data types manually. All you have to do is click and type.
Table templates are pre-made tables that meet several common business needs. For example, the Assets table template contains many of the fields, such as Item and Purchase Date, discussed in these courses.
Design view lets you control every field and property in the table. In this course, you'll use it to create a table and to change the values in a lookup field — a field that contains a list of choices.
We'll start with Datasheet view.