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Creating a new blank database using Microsoft Access 2007

by on Jan.21, 2011, under Access

If you’ve used versions of Microsoft Access prior to Access 2007, you might find the Access 2007 GUI (graphical user interface) very much different than the older versions. As part of the Microsoft Office 2007 release, many of the GUI features of the Office applications, including Access, have had substantial updates. One of the biggest changes in Microsoft Access 2007 is the new Getting Started feature that was introduced with this version.

The Microsoft Access 2007 Getting Started feature provides the user with a much more robust starting experience, when compared to previous versions of Access. All of the options for creating a new database, either as a blank database or from an existing template, can be found in the Access 2007 Getting Started screen.  The Getting Started screen is the first screen that is shown once Access has been opened by itself (without opening another database). Otherwise, you can always open the Getting Started screen by clicking the Office pearl (button) that is found in the top left corner of the Access program window.  From the Getting Started screen, it is just a few simple steps to create a new blank database using Access 2007.

Step-by-Step

  1. From the Windows Start menu, click on the Programs menu to show all programs and click the Microsoft Office folder to show the list of Office programs. Click the Access icon to start Microsoft Access 2007. This will open Access 2007 and take you to the Getting Started screen.
  2. Figure 1: The Access 2007 Getting Started Screen

    Figure 1: The Access 2007 Getting Started Screen

  3. From the Getting Started screen, to create a new blank database, click on the Blank Database button in the center panel. This will show the details for creating a new blank database in the right panel of the Getting Started screen.
  4. Figure 2: Click the Blank Database Button

    Figure 2: Click the Blank Database Button

  5. In the right panel of the Getting Started screen, optionally type in a File Name and click the Folder button to choose a location for the new database file.
  6. Figure 3: Choose a File Name and Location

    Figure 3: Choose a File Name and Location

  7. Finally, once you have selected the location and file name, click the Create button to create the new blank database. The new database will be created and opened in the Access 2007 program window.
  8. Figure 4: A New Database Created in Access 2007

    Figure 4: A New Database Created in Access 2007

Congratulations, you have now successfully created a new blank database using Microsoft Access 2007. Creating new databases in Microsoft Access 2007, although different from previous versions of Access, has never been easier to accomplish!

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