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Table 1-4: The Access Program Screen
Element What It’s Used For
Displays the name of the program you are currently using (in this case,Microsoft Access) and the name of the database you are working on. The titlebar appears at the top of all Windows programs.
Displays a list of menus you use to give commands to Access. Clicking a menuname displays a list of commands—for example, clicking the Edit
menu namewould display different formatting commands.
Toolbars are shortcuts—they contain buttons for the most commonly usedcommands (instead of having to wade through several menus). The toolbars inAccess change depending on what you are working on. The database toolbar (the toolbar currently displayed) contains buttons for the Access commands thatyou will use the most often, such as opening and printing databases.
The command center for a database, the Database window allows you to view,create, edit, and modify database objects.
The Objects bar categorizes the different types of database objects. Each typeof database object has its own icon—to view a type of object, click its icon onthe Objects bar.
Database objects are the basic components that make up a database.Database objects include tables, queries, forms, reports, pages, macros, andmodules.
Displays messages and feedback. The Status bar is especially important inAccess since it can give you meaningful information and messages when youare entering information into a database.
Don’t worry if you find some of these objects confusing at first—they will make more senseafter you’ve actually used them.One more important note about the Access program screen: We have been examining theDatabase window in this lesson, but it is by no means the only screen that you will encounter in Microsoft Access. Just as there are several different types of database objects in MicrosoftAccess, there are also dozens of different program screens—something that makes Accessquite different from its Microsoft Office cousins Word and Excel. You will see some of thesescreens as we continue this chapter’s tour of Microsoft Access.