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Work with a database you didn't create

Working with a database you didn't create
Learn how to work with a Microsoft Access database you didn't create by determining its structure, adding and viewing data, and modifying objects in the database.

About this course

This course includes:

  • Three self-paced lessons and three practice sessions for hands-on experience.
  • A short test at the end of each lesson; tests are not scored.
  • A Quick Reference Card you can take away from the course.


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Determine the contents and structure of a database you didn't create.
  • Get started with using the database by entering and viewing data.
  • Customize a database you didn't create by adding and modifying data and objects in tables, forms, queries, and reports.

Before you begin

A familiarity with databases or completion of the course Get to know Access is recommended.

Suppose you've received a database from someone else, or you've been assigned to work with a database created by a former employee. You're ready to modify its stucture or to add data to it.

You want to find out what the database contains, so you can put it to good use. And you want to understand how any changes or customizations you want to make will affect what's already there.

What's next? Where do you start? You start with this course.

To learn more about this course, read the overview in the center of this page or the table of contents in the left column. Then click Next to start the first lesson.

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