Identifying the Basic Parts of the Access Window

Learn about the basic parts of the Access XP window in this free lesson.

Launching Microsoft Access from the Windows desktop

Microsoft Access is launched from the Windows desktop similar to how Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are launched. You can launch Access either from the desktop shortcut or from the Start program.

To open Microsoft Access using the desktop shortcut:

  • Double-click the Microsoft Access shortcut icon on the Windows desktop.

    Access icon

To open Microsoft Access using the Start program:

  • Click the Start button located in the lower-left corner of the Windows screen.
  • Click the Programs option on the Start menu.
  • Click the Microsoft Access selection.

    If Access does not appear, click the double-down areas immediately below the Microsoft PowerPoint entry and locate Access from a complete list of software installed on your computer.

    Start Programs on Windows Desktop