Understand the Screen

There is a lot going on with the Access program screen, so this lesson will help you become more familiar with it. Review the labeled items in the images below, then refer to the tables to see what everything does.

Understand the Screen
A Title Bar: Displays the name of the current file. C Help/Display Options: Here you can change how much of the ribbon is displayed; minimize, maximize or restore the screen; or close Access altogether.
B Quick Access Toolbar: This is a fast way to access the most used features. D The Ribbon: This is where you’ll find all the options you need to make a database. The options are grouped into tabs.
Understand the Screen
E File Tab: This is where you'll find basic file management commands, such as New, Open, Save, Close, and program options. G Access Object: The Access Object is where you can view the content of the open or selected database object.
F Microsoft Account User Info: When you log in with your Microsoft account, your name and picture appear here. H View Buttons: Use one of the view buttons to quickly switch between the different views.
Understand the Screen
I Scroll Bar: Use the scroll bar to view different parts of the database object. K Navigation Pane: The Navigation Pane is where you can see and open your database objects, such as tables, queries, forms, and reports.
J Status Bar: The Status bar displays messages and feedback. L Object Tab: A tab appears for each open database object. Click a tab to view and work with that object.

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