Exploring an Access Database

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

Parts of a database

A Microsoft Access database is made up of several components, including tables, forms, queries, and reports. These components are called database objects. One or more of these objects is formed when a database is created, and all of the objects appear in the navigation pane. To make the database easier to navigate, beginner Access users may want to reorder objects in the navigation pane.

To change how objects are ordered in the navigation pane:

Change Object Order in Navigation PaneChange Object Order in Navigation Pane

If you are new to databases, arranging the objects by type in the navigation pane is usually a good idea. This will group tables, forms, queries, and reports into individual groups in the pane.

To expand or collapse a group:

Display ObjectsDisplay Objects