Microsoft Access is a database creation and management program. Before diving into Access 2010, it’s important to understand what a database is; how they can be used; and the difference between data management in Access and Excel.

A database is a collection of information – or data – that’s stored on a computer, allowing you to enter, access, and analyze it in a way you never could on paper. Databases are so useful, in fact, you see them all the time. Ever waited at the doctor’s office while the receptionist punched in your information, or asked a store employee to check their system for a special item? Then you’ve seen a database in action.

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