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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2011
I created fifteen databases from 1998 to now to help me in the office, and one other to help me at home, all created in Access 97. I've been using these databases for years and the largest one has a file size of 60 Mb; Access 97 would not let me create new reports in that one. I decided to try Access 2010 and was surprised that all 16 databases converted without any problems, at least none detected so far. My home computer and office computer are both over six years old, running WinXP on an Socket A processor with old DDR memory. Access 2010 runs OK on these old systems. Access 2010 is a definite upgrade from 97, and as soon as I learned the menu changes, I was up and running. I am glad I started in Access 97 though because The Help resources are pitiful in 2010 and hitting the F1 key doesn't get you much. Creating macros in 2010 is very easy and I like the ease of exporting reports to pdf for emailing. My largest database has 19 tables, 120 queries, 66 forms/subforms, 122 reports/subreports, 40 macros and 2 modules - scrolling through the ribbon menu on the left can be dizzying and takes too much patience, but I like the organization of the menus at the top of the screen. I also like the organization of the extensive properties menus that pop up on the right, and I like that each time I click on a control on a form, the right-side properties menu changes automatically for that control; I can make changes on the fly. The new features on these menus are useful for tweaking. Although Access 2010 is not perfect, I can live with it. Internet resources may have to suffice in place of the Access 97 Help assets, at the cost of my time.
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2010
I use Access mostly for class work, but the 2010 version is so much more user friendly that I'm starting to use it regularly to help create database apps, use it for home organization, etc. In an IT/Database Management class I took (upper division college course) we had older students (50+) who were trying to move up still in their careers and even though they still weren't comfortable with some computer elements such as open-source software, the 2010 Access was user-friendly enough that they could use it. Overall I find it very user friendly and really like the formatting.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on March 27, 2011
I have been using ACCESS 2003 for several years to maintain a long list of adresses, phone, email info,etc. I was quite comfortable with it and expected that the 2010version would have advanced features. What I find instead are much the same features but the software seems more compliacted to use. I am having difficulty doing something as simple as printing of mailing labels.
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81 of 102 people found the following review helpful
on September 25, 2010
I fell for the hype that Access 2010 was so much better than earlier versions. And I figured I was using a ten-year-old product (Access 2000) so it was about time to upgrade. Well, I bought it and regret it. As is usual for Microsoft, the new features just made things harder and none of the changes I wanted were implemented. The ribbon is just a menu turned on it's side (reminds me of the infamous paperclip). The ability to publish reports from Access to the web is just a marketing scheme from Microsoft to get you to buy Shareport. Synchronization between databases is on it's way out, probably because Microsoft realized that without synchronization developers would have more incentive to move to Shareport. If you're using an older version of Access, don't upgrade.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on August 8, 2011
Microsoft has gone out of their way to screw up a good database tool like Access. Access 2010 is slightly better than 2007 but not much.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2011
I used to be a big fan of Microsoft Access and have been using it in my business since the initial version came out 15+ years ago.

However ...

It has become far too unstable and I have been spending far too much time repairing databases and recovering data since the 2007 version came out.

Sorry to say ... time to move on.
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30 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2010
Microsoft Access 2010 is well hyped but difficult to learn. I've had it for 2 months now and I still don't know how to use it. I've bought 2 how-to books and I am slowly reading through them.
There is nothing about this software that is intuitive. I see words I don't understand and icons that mean nothing to me. I tried to use their help program but it spent all its time bragging about how great the software is. When it did try to explain how to use it, they would try to tell me everything at once. I would read page after page of irrelevant material and never know for sure if any of it related to what I wanted to do. Even with the 2 books I bought, I am left confused.
I have never used a database program before. This one is not for beginners!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2012
This is a good database program, the easiest to use, at least for me, since I had to leave an early version of Paradox (MDx2 - sorry) behind. The 2010 version is quite different than my XP version, but, of course, the XP version isn't supported any more. Gotta keep the GNP up, and Microsoft's bottom line healthy.
My only major complaint is that is sold by Microsoft. They have gotten everything now. Never liked companies like that. And no one else's data base is as intuitive as Access. Maybe I haven't tried hard enough.
It is a powerful relational database and it will organize the information you want in a quick format if you aren't ready for the fancier stuff.
The more complex things take a bit of work to learn, and I've forgotten a lot of the tricks since 2000.
The error messages are as useless as ever and, as always, Help is seldom helpful.
I'm glad you can get the programs in MS Office Pro separately. I use Access for only one database, for my volunteer work, and the company paid for it.
You can get trial versions of all of MS Office Pro's programs and that is a great advantage if you are short of money. You can get your money together and get the programs individually.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2012
I have been using Access since 1997. I upgraded to Access 2002 ten years ago to use hyperlinks. I got Access 2010 today, used it for two hours, and am returning it. I am using Win 7 Pro. The first problem is that Access 2010 is about three times slower than Access 2002 when operating in Win 7 Pro. The second problem is that it issues a warning every time I click on a hyperlink to a location in my computer, even when I said to trust the link. Among my many hyperlinks, I have a lot of hyperlinks to tif files. I get warnings even for these (whoever heard of a virus in a tif file?). This is a known bug in Access even back to 2002, yet Microsoft still has not fixed it. The workaround for all these warnings is to create a folder with an html file for each tif file, which would be a real bother, and still I would have to click twice. There is a Microsoft site which talks about solving these problems by fooling around with the Registry and writing some stuff in it. Unfortunately, the address in the Registry they want me to go to so I can add the stuff does not exist. The third problem is the "new" features like ribbons and the navigation pane. These are just rearrangements of the old menus.

Clearly Microsoft is designing Access 2010 for the internet and all its problems, with a big focus on internet security. I want a database that I can use just for my computer. This is not the one. As for pop-up warnings, I want the options of enabling them or disabling them, all of them. I do not want to be forced to have pop-up warnings. I'll have a look at Filemaker. In the meantime, I'll just use my ten year old version (Access 2002). It has a few glitches when running in Win 7 Pro, but nothing like the problems with Access 2010.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2012
I don't know why Microsoft continues to change its products every few years. They continue to make a lot of changes, but the products aren't any better. All they've really done is create a new learning curve for customers. I don't see any NEW function in this version of MS Access, and I have problems finding and using the functions that are there. I was perfectly happy with the previous version of MS Access; know it inside and out; however, sadly it's no longer available.
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