Paperback: 456 pages
Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (April 1, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
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Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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It seemed to emphasize differences between Access 2013 with previous versions. As an absolute beginner I was hoping for something more basic. It felt as though I was being given information without the background structure to hang it on. I found better, more helpful information on the web.
I bought the kindle version and its great. I had never done or used a database program before and now with my business growing, I am really finding the value and necessity to create and manage a database.In the kindle version, I wish that the images in the examples could be enlarged or more clear. Reading any of the pics is really impossible. Luckily, the instructions are pretty clear.
The book was great, but after gaining some experience building Access databases, it was a little too basic. If you are completely new to Access it will be good for you, but if you have experience with the program you may find that it explains things you already know.
It's simplistic in a lot of ways and the first few chapters were almost totally review, but I did find some nuggets there that I didn't know about. As I move further into the book, it gets more detailed, and I am able to read it without nodding off, due to the lighthearted banter that is present in all of the dummies books.
Was very basic, which unfortunately wasn't what I was looking for. Did contain some interesting information on a few lesser used features but overall it wasn't really tailored for data analysis, more toward smaller organizations and access report creation.
I had not used Access in many a year and to say I was rusty would be an understatement. While it is not laid out in the same way I would have done it. It does has the information on how to use Access 2013 and get you up and running with the basics as well as how to refine your databases and make them jump through hoops is there and understandably presented.
I eventually found the information I was looking for but it took my having to find individual bits and pieces. The overall answer was there but not consolidated and the individual topics were not cross referenced to each other showing other possible uses beyond the primary one.
Tough to read on the kindle. I'll try on the PC version, but it's illegible and full of those callouts that eat space. There is a lot of fluff. I wish the kindle edition dropped the graphics, they make it illegible.
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