Tables are at the heart of any Access database because they contain the actual data, so it’s important to know how to open and edit tables. If you’ve used a program like Excel, you’ll find tables to be relatively familiar already. However, there are few important differences. For example, a row is called a record, and a column is called a field. Also, each record has a unique ID number, which cannot be changed. Later, we’ll talk about how other objects such as queries and reports can use these ID numbers to connect the information in different tables.

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