Getting to Know the Contact Management Database

Get to know the Access XP contact management database in this free lesson.

Open the contact management database

Now that you've downloaded the contact management database, it's time to open and become familiar with it. We will briefly discuss how it was created and look at some of its components.

If properly downloaded, the contact management database will be present in the c:\My Documents folder on your computer. It is recommended that you do not move the database from this location until after you have completed the tutorial.

To open the contact management database:

  • Open Microsoft Access by selecting its associated icon on the Windows desktop.
  • Choose FileOpen from the menu bar.

    File Menu
  • The Look In box in Microsoft Access XP defaults to the c:\My Documents when the application is first opened.

    If the My Documents folder does not appear in the Look In box, click in the Look In drop-down box and locate and select the My Documents folder.
  • Select the Contact Management.mdb file.

    Open Dialog Box
  • Click the Open button to open the contact management database.

The main contact management database screen appears on your computer screen.

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