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Access 2003 For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

John Kaufeld
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When you hear the word “database,” do your eyes glaze over? Does the mention of fields and tables make your blood pressure skyrocket? Does the idea of entering and using hyperlinks make you hyperventilate?

Whether you’re running a business or a household . . . whether you need to be able to quickly access customer information, your recipe for chicken cacciatore, or the Little League team’s records, Access 2003 holds the key. This friendly guide unlocks the secrets of using Access 2003 to store, manage, organize, reorganize, and use data! It gives you:

  • The basics of the whole database concept
  • Suggestions for solving problems with Access
  • What you need to know to design, build, use, and change Access tables
  • Info on the ten most common types of fields
  • The scoop on using queries to unearth the answers hiding somewhere in your data
  • Guidelines for using the Access report system to make short work of long, previously time-consuming, reports

In the relaxed, comfortable For Dummies style, this book has easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and lots of screen shots. If you want to create and manage a database for a huge auction house, this guide will get you going . . . going . . .  gone. If you want to create a database for your music collection, it gives you the score then shows you how to use formatting and add graphics to jazz it up. You’ll get the low-down on extracting all kinds of information from databases and putting that information to practical use. You’ll discover how to:

  • Use Label Wizard to create mailing labels, file labels, shipping labels, or name tags
  • Use Chart Wizard to create line charts, bar, cone, and column charts, pie and donut charts, area charts, and XY and bubble charts
  • Use Auto Reports to create columnar or tabular reports and then fine-tune them
  • Export reports to Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Get your data Web-ready and put it on the Internet in either static or dynamic form
  • Build forms with Form Wizard

And speaking of high-tech fun, Access 2003 For Dummies even tells you how to install and use speech recognition software with Access 2003. So if the idea of working with databases has you talking to yourself, this is just the book you need.

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From the Back Cover

Grab your data and get it on the table!

Meet the wizards, ask the right questions, give data a form, and share it online

What? You’re still letting your data run around loose? Grab this book and build a database you can, well, access! John Kaufeld demystifies databases for even the truly timid. You’ll soon be constructing tables, turning out reports, delving into existing databases, and querying with the best of them, all with the greatest of ease.

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun

About the Author

John Kaufeld has written all previous editions of Access For Dummies as well as several other books. John also operates, an online shipping assistant.

Product Details

  • File Size: 17523 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (February 25, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004PYDT82
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #472,218 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MS Office Dummy January 18, 2006
I've taught database theory at university Master's level, used MySql in a

UNIX/Linux environment, and have a Ph.D. in computer science. I don't need to

learn SQL or how to program, but I did need to know how to get something done

with this MS Office product, and quickly. This book was a perfect fit. It's

not strong on VBA or other programming hooks, or what Microsoft calls database

projects, and it's no substitute for learning the fundamentals of database

design and use (though it does have some very good introductory material), it

is quite comprehensible and thorough as a tutorial, guidebook, and reference

on the user interface that is unique to MS Access. Access is a big

application and this is, appropriately, a big book. Again, it was just what I

needed. Regarding another reviewer's dislike of the cute jokes, it's really

not bad at all, a real relief compared to the otherwise excellent O'Reilly

`animal series' computer books.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Access 2003 for Dummies September 24, 2005
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Though I've not worked all the way through the book yet, it appears to offer what I expected. Sometimes the "cute" remarks that the "For Dummies" series seems to expect of all their authors get a bit old, but by and large the book appears to be a good reference for a first-time database writer. I previously wrote a fairly complex business database in Paradox, and so much of the information I'm looking for is "how" rather than "what" or "why" with respect to writing databases in Access. I've always found the "For Dummies" series of books a good value, and this one is no exception. I'm sure there are levels of depth that this book is going to skip over -- I've seen little reference to VBA programming, for example. Still, a person writing an application requiring those degrees of depth and security is probably not working in Access to begin with. Such a person is probably not self-taught. Nor are they likely to be affordable to a small company such as I work for.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Fast Way to Get Started May 19, 2006
This is a quick and dirty guide to using Access to get information into and out of a database. Access is part of Microsoft's Office Suite. It's designed for small, personal use database applications. This book fits that philosophy quite well. It uses the front end philosophy that Microsoft has done so well to enable a database to be designed, an input form to be created and an output report to be generated.

The list of things that this book (and to a lessor extent Access itself) doesn't do is long. There is very little theory on database design. There isn't much on SQL, the language of databases.

The idea here is to get a fairly simple, desktop you might call it, database up and being productive very quickly. And at this task the book does quite well. I also think that this is a good way to get started in learning about databases. If you subsequently find that your needs are more than you can get out of Access, you'll have a bit of background that makes the jump to a real database like Oracle, DB2, or SQL Server that much easier.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it December 31, 2007
I am not an extreme power user of Access but I use it everyday and maybe build a query or two every week. However, I find this book so hard to use and not very efficient. It never really comes out and TEACHES you anything--most of it is just fluff. If you wanted to learn how to build a very simple table and build really simple queries, it could probably help you do that but so could most Access websites or just a good co-worker. But if you have ANY questions that go outside of that box, like how to add grouping, sums, totals (things people really need when looking at huge tables) or if you wanted to use a formula/create criteria/build something a little more "complicated", this is not the book for you. I think you would be better off using a book that can show you a few things. I imagine most people buy this book to get some of the basics but also get something they could use as a reference guide when you get stuck--
If you're like me and you do get stuck, you might not find the answers you are looking for in here.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good starter book July 28, 2006
We had already begun to create the database so much of the book was not necessarily helpful. But there were many tips and hints that helped us improve on the database. I would reccomend this book especially for those who have never opened Access before and for those want to tweak and improve their current database to be more user-friendly or professional looking.
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Why pay when you can get it free? June 30, 2006
This book is poorly designed and poorly presented. It starts out by assuming you know something about Access, or about databases, and only after a few chapters addresses the needs of beginners. The author's style lacks conciseness and clarity, and at times reading this book seems to get in the way of learning. And then there are (yawn) the endless attempts at humor. A light approach to a technical subject can be fine, but when you have to wade through it to get to instructional material it's a little much. Microsoft has free on-line tutorials for Access 2003. After giving up on this book, I used them, liked them, and learned from them. And, they're FREE.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good resource
Published 1 month ago by Margaret K. Hester
5.0 out of 5 stars A tool
I bought this book plus another to help learn a challenging software. Not a cover-to-cover read, but something to use as a reference. I would buy again.
Published 6 months ago by C. Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes it's for dummies
as with all the "for Dummies" books they are great for learning how to do things that you have had no experience in. Great value.
Published 9 months ago by Douglas Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars I love these books
The 'dummies' books are always easy to use and more importantly, to understand. I will continue to purchase this series of books.
Published 19 months ago by Anne Quinn
1.0 out of 5 stars Annoyingly written, Badly needed a better editor
This book just takes forever to tell you anything.

Bitterly disappointed at how long he takes to get to the point of what he's saying and instead recaps and repeats... Read more
Published on October 13, 2012 by Greg Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars One Weekend and I was Rollin'
I spent one weekend with this book (originally borrowed from the library) I read 185 pages and went from a complete Access noob to designing databases for my job. Read more
Published on June 3, 2010 by Ryan Simmons
1.0 out of 5 stars Of little or no use at all.
While embarking on my first project I purchased this book in hopes that it would guide my way; Wrong! Read more
Published on August 14, 2008 by Puffy
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre introduction to Access
The major drawbacks to this book are 1)too much "chat" -- non essential verbage that doesn't contribute to the understanding of Access, 2)It talks about some features that are... Read more
Published on October 10, 2007 by W. Christopher King
5.0 out of 5 stars very pleased
The author is great. He is comical as he explains important details.
Published on April 10, 2007 by Lauren A. Trice
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not as advanced as I needed
This book is very introductory. If you need more than the basics I wouldn't suggest this book.
Published on March 8, 2007 by Just some girl
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More About the Author

John Kaufeld makes complex things easy, and helps parents -- especially dads -- learn to connect with their kids through board games.

And he loves every minute of it.

He's a best-selling author, speaker, trainer, consultant, board gamer, dad, and all-around geek. He also believes passionately in the power of board games as a tool for connecting with family and friends, but more about that later.

Back in 1993, he started writing about America Online, Microsoft Access, computer games, tabletop games, and more in the popular "...For Dummies" line of computer books, eventually churning out over 25 books in the line, along with a few random ones for other publishers. Over the years, his titles sold more than 2.8 million books in over 15 languages around the world.

John started writing as a high school stringer for The Republic (Columbus, IN). At about the same time, he expanded into radio as a weekend DJ for WWWY Radio (also in Columbus, IN).

In college, he scrambled for stories as the weekend news anchor for WLBC Radio (Muncie, IN) and the afternoon news editor for WBST Radio (the Ball State University PBS station).

During his first stint in Corporate America, John spent 10 years in various Information Systems and System Development jobs. His second term in Corporate America saw him working in communication, publicity, and marketing for a national trade association, a regional bank, a high-end manufacturing company.

Along the way, John wandered into the social game industry. As a kid, he and his father played many rounds of Hasbro's "Monopoly" (consistently using the wrong rules), and actually finished the game two or three times.

Then he discovered German board games (also known as "Eurogames"), and his gaming world -- and parenting style -- changed forever.

These days, you can often find John in the board game areas at Gen Con and other game conventions. He indulges in "Puerto Rico," "Agricola," "Race for the Galaxy," and just about any train game that wanders past (especially Empire Builder). If you see him, definitely say hi. After all, he never bites. (Well, at least not since the therapy.)

He's currently finishing a Master of Arts in Professional Communication at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, and is on the university staff in marketing and social media. He also freelances for several national and regional publications.

You can email him at, the email address that launched a few million books.

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