Exploring an Access Database

Learn about navigating the parts of an Access database, including navigating the Access window and understanding common tasks.

Opening a database

You have three main options on the Getting Started page. You can open a template database stored locally or online, an existing database, or a blank database.

To view templates included with Access:

Local TemplatesLocal Templates

In the left pane of the Getting Started window, you will see a list of categories for the templates available on Office Online. You must have an Internet connection to download these database templates.

The Blank Database command allows you to create a database from scratch.

To open an existing database:

Open Existing Database from ListOpen Existing Database from List
Find Existing DatabaseFind Existing Database
Select Existing DatabaseSelect Existing Database