Excel to Access: Intro to Access for Excel Users

Learn Access quickly and understand how it works with Excel. Master the basics of tables, queries, forms and reports.
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  • Lectures 129
  • Length 10 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 8/2015 English

Course Description

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Learn more than the basic structures in Access. Learn the concepts underneath and how they relate to and work wth Excel. Learn Access from an instructor with years of experience teaching Access and creating custom databases for businesses.

From a recent Student Review:

5 Stars - I finally have a grasp of Access and relational databases!

Thanks to Bruce's course, I can confidently say I have a good grasp of what Microsoft Access is, how to use it effectively and how it differs from Microsoft Excel.

Bruce is clear and concise in his lectures. I enjoyed the hands-on/real world example style of teaching with downloadable Access & Excel files. - Joey Sullivan

You will build a strong foundation in Access by understanding the logic behind its structure:

  • Create tables and learn how to properly structure them.
  • Extensive Training on ALL types of queries.
  • Create reports from scratch instead of relying on wizards.
  • Learn how to create advanced reports based on queries.
  • Learn everything you need to know to build powerful and attractive forms.
  • Build subforms and learn how to move in and out of them.
  • Learn about simple macros.
  • Make basic command buttons in forms.
  • Learn a simple way to make multi value lookups on forms.

Another Student Review:

5 Stars - Fantastic Course!

I have been trying to come to grips with Access for some time now, but each time I became frustrated and eventually gave up. This course is structured in a way that gripped my interest and motivated me to complete it. Bruce has extensive knowledge and the way that he presents the material, makes it easy to follow and understand and it is a very valuable resource. - John Ovens

These Powerful Skills Will Skyrocket Your Value in the Marketplace!

By learning how to use Access WITH Excel, you will rise to a level of skill that few others have. Learning Access gives you incredible power over your data, no matter how large your data files are. Nightmare editing tasks will no longer bother you as you use your knowledge of queries to update thousands of records in minutes! Employers are waking up to the power of Access and those who have this knowledge will be in high demand with your current employer or other businesses. The practical skills taught in this class will give you the capability to double or triple your productivity!

There is a HUGE need in the marketplace for people with these skills! This is your opportunity to break away from the pack of people who try and do everything with Excel, instead of learning that for many tasks, Access is the proper tool. This could be your shortest path to increasing your income!

From a Student Review:

"This is an amazing class/series. Bruce does a fantastic job explaining each concept and does so with such concern for the student. Just in presentation one can identify that this is a passion for Bruce and not just read from a script. I cannot wait to put this education to use within my career!! Thank you for creating this material!" - Rick WIlliams

Content and Overview

All you need to do the course is basic experience with Windows programs. If you have or are using Excel, that is even better. Much of the course is presented as a comparison to Excel and explains what tasks each program is best suited for.

Even though there are many lectures and several hours of content, each section focuses on one set of concepts so it is easy to do one section at a time, when your schedule allows. You will find that each chapter builds on the previous one as you build your understanding of Access, one step at a time.

By the time you have finished the course you will have done so much with Access and it will be so familiar that you will be ready to tackle your own data tasks immediately, putting your new learned skills into practical use and impressing your boss and coworkers.

The course is complete with working files and finished samples for everything that is covered. You will be able to work alongside the author as you work through each lecture and will receive a verifiable certificate of completion upon finishing the course.

Click the Take This Course button to take your first step towards quickly increasing your income! Also, remember that if you don't think the course is worth what you spent, you have a full 30 days to get a no questions asked refund!

From Another Student Review:

5 Stars - Absolutely the Best Course I Have Taken

I am not one to write many reviews, but when a course has reached beyond my expectations, I had no choice but to give compliments to the author Mr. Bruce Myron.

The content of the course was extremely comprehensive and informative in which every student will walk away having the best foundation of MS Access one can get. The clarity and tone of each video had me eager to learn more and has already assisted me with applications I had at work. With the knowledge I have gained, not only will it help separate myself from my co-workers, but allow me to increase my income over time.

The greatest treat one will get in this course is the interaction from Mr. Myron. He is absolutely the difference maker from any other course I had taken and made me feel that I was not alone while taking this course. I cannot wait to begin the other courses to get to the next level of my career.

Trust me, when it comes to learning MS Access from the ground up through Mr. Myron's courses, starting with Excel To Access: Intro to Access for Excel Users, one will be ecstatic with the results. - David Richardson

Another Student Review:

5 Stars - Brilliant piece of work!

Thanks Bruce for making these lectures. They are very well done, relevant and clear. I have literally copied line for line of many of these lectures into a project i am working on. Highly recommended also are the other videos which also contain golden nuggets: Access to Excel to Outlook, Access to Excel-Instant Reports and pivot tables, Microsoft Access vba for non programmers. And as a bonus, Bruce has been very helpful in answering, guiding and explaining content from his lecture when i asked for clarification.

Brilliant Bruce, thanks again - Steven Kawuma

Required Software

You should have Office 2010 or later. The course was created using Office 2013.

What are the requirements?

  • A basic understanding of Excel is preferred, but not a requirement. Students should know the basics of using Windows programs.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the basics of Access tables, queries, forms and reports.
  • Know how to structure tables being imported from Excel.
  • Know how to create powerful queries and use them to create and modify tables.
  • Understand how reports work and how to base them on tables or queries.
  • Know how to create forms and subforms.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is perfect for anyone who wants to learn Access quickly and understand the differences between Access and Excel.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction - Course Layout and Objectives
Course Introduction
1 page
Course Overview by Section
Section 2: Why You Need Access
Comparing the Access and Excel Screens
Why You Need Access
Where Do We Go From Here?
Section 3: The TABLE Object
Download the TABLES Database
1 page
Intro to Tables and Tabbed vs Overlap View
Editing, Adding and Deleting Records
Sorting a Table
Basic Filters
Advanced Filters
Using Find and Replace with Tables
Create a Table and add a Primary Key and Fields
Create Table 2 - Add the Rest of the Fields to the Table
Create Table 3 - Why Are There So Many Numeric Field Sizes?
List of Reserved Words
8 pages
Table Properties 1 - Formats and Input Masks
Table Properties 2 - Defaults and Validation Rules
Table Properties 3 - Add Lookups to a Table
Modify Table Design - Add, Delete and Move Fields
Section 4: The REPORT Object
Download the REPORTS Database
1 page
Introduction and Create a Report
Using the Report Wizard
What Are Controls?
Report View and Layout View
Modify the Report Design and Selecting Controls
Entering Formulas into Text Boxes
Sorting and Subtotals in Reports
Conditional Formatting
The Properties Box
Using the Properties Box
Conclusion and Why We Need Queries
Section 5: The QUERY Object - SELECT Queries
Download the SELECT QUERIES Database
1 page
Overview of Select Queries Database
Intro to Select Queries
Sorting in Select Queries
Using Criteria in Queries - And vs OR
Using Criteria in Queries - Wildcards
List of Query Wildcard Characters
2 pages
Using Criteria in Queries - Formulas in Criteria
Calculations in Select Queries
Multiple Tables in Queries
Parameters in queries
A Parameter Query Trick
Section 6: Reports Revisited
Review the Report Source Table Structure
Using a Select Query as a Report Source
Setting up Date Parameters
Final Touch - a Title with Dates
Section 7: Unique Value, TOP and Total Queries
Unique Value Queries - Part 1
Unique Value Queries - Part 2
TOP queries
Total Queries - Part 1
Total Queries - Part 2
Section 8: ACTION Queries
Download the ACTION QUERIES Database
1 page
Intro to Action Queries with a Make Table Query
Append Query
Delete Query
Update Qry Part 1 - Increase Prices
Update Query 2 - Add an Order Total Field
A Quick MACRO to Automate Updating the Order Totals
Section 9: Migrating from Excel to Access 1: Get the Data Into Access
Download the MIGRATE1 Database
1 page
Import Problems 1 - Heading not removed
Import Problems 2 - Common Import Errors
A Clean Import - but is it?
Section 10: Migrating from Excel to Access 2: Design the Correct Structure
Download the MIGRATE2 Database
1 page
Combine data in Excel before bringing into Access
Planning Your Database - 3 Best Practices - NUMBER 1
Planning Your Database - 3 Best Practices - NUMBER 2
Planning Your Database - 3 Best Practices - NUMBER 3
Three Best Practices in Designing Table Structures
1 page
How to Print Your Table Structures
How to Use the Relationships screen
Why I Don't Use the Relationships screen
Why You DON'T want to Use Analyze Table!
Section 11: Migrating from Excel to Access 3: Building the New Tables
Download the MIGRATE3 Database
1 page
Using Queries to Create the Product Table
Create the Customer Cross Reference Table
Find the Potential Problem Customer Records
Manually Decide on How to Handle Each Duplicate
Create the Customer Table Structure and Starting Number
Populate the Customer Table and Create the Customer ID's
Plug the New Customer IDs Into the XLData Import Table
Create the Order Products Table
Create the Orders Table Structure
Create a Query to Append Orders from XLData
Section 12: The FORMS Object 1 - Create a Customer Form and an Orders Subform
Download the FORMS1 Database
1 page
Overview of the Five Forms Sections
Overview of the Forms1 Database Tables

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Instructor Biography

Bruce Myron, Productivity Specialist

Hello, my name is Bruce Myron. I am a self employed Access programmer and general computer consultant to small and medium sized businesses. I got into programming because I was tired of all the jargon most programmers use and how they don't seem to care about business.

"Technology is great but I've always been more interested in how it can be used to make companies more profitable." - Bruce

I live in Portland, Oregon and have many long term relationships with local businesses. Many of the systems I have built for these companies are critical to the success of the business. My specialty is taking the needs of the business and translating them into a system that facilitates, rather than obstructs, what they are trying to do.

I have also spent time as a full time trainer providing group classes on the Microsoft Office programs.

In my opinion the computer industry as a whole is a colossal failure in helping businesses solve their problems. I listen carefully to the needs expressed by my clients and then deliver the simplest, most flexible solution possible.

Over the years I have found that many of the techniques I have used enabled me to survive and thrive when many others have tried the computer programming business and failed.

My goal is to show my students how to create systems that business will value and that will create long term income.

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