How to Create a Database from Scratch in Access 2007

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Getting Started

In this article, you'll learn the process for creating an Access 2007 database from scratch. In many cases, it's easier to create an Access 2007 database from a template, but, there isn’t always a template available that meets your needs.
To begin, open Microsoft Access. The instructions and images in this article are for Microsoft Access 2007. If you're using a different version of Access, see Creating an Access 2010 Database from Scratch or Creating an Access 2013 Database from Scratch.

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Create a Blank Access Database

Create a Blank Database
Create a Blank Database. Mike Chapple

Next, you'll need to create a blank database to use as your starting point. Click "Blank Database" on the Getting Started with Microsoft Office Access screen to begin this process, as shown in the figure above.

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Name Your Access Database

Name Your Database
Name Your Database. Mike Chapple

In the next step, the right pane of the Getting Started window will change to match the image above. Give your database a name by typing it into the text box and click the Create button to begin building your database.

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Add Tables to Your Access Database

Creating Tables
Creating Tables. Mike Chapple

Access will now present you with a spreadsheet-style interface, shown in the image above, that helps you create your database tables.
The first spreadsheet will help you create your first table. As you can see in the image above, Access begins by creating an AutoNumber field named ID that you can use as your primary key. To create additional fields, simply double-click on the top cell in a column (the row with a darker blue shade) and type the name of the field into that cell. When you've finished typing in the field name, press Enter. You can then use the Data Type and Format controls in the Ribbon to customize the field.
Continue adding fields in this same manner until you've created your entire table. Once you've finished building the table, click the Save icon on the Quick Access toolbar. Access will then ask you to provide a name for your table. You can also create additional tables by selecting the Table icon in the Create tab of the Access Ribbon.

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Continue Building Your Access Database

Once you've created all of your tables, you'll want to continue working on your Access database by adding relationships, forms, reports, and other features.