Microsoft Access 2010 Books for Beginners

Learn the basics of Microsoft Access 2010 from these books

A database management system like Microsoft Access provides the software tools you need to organize data in a flexible manner. No one said it was easy to learn, though. If you don’t know where to begin learning about Microsoft Access 2010—or if you are a novice user—here are several impressive introductory-level Access 2010 books to review. They cover the basics in an approachable easy-to-understand manner that makes the learning process relatively painless.

In this book, Matthew MacDonald walks you through the features of Access 2010 in a clear, easy-to-understand manner. The book covers a comprehensive array of features, including:

  • Concept material on databases
  • Database design and data types
  • Sorting, filtering and searching
  • Relationships between tables
  • Data queries of all shapes and sizes
  • Report creation
  • Creating forms for a user interface
  • Advanced programming and automating tasks

This is a true beginner's guide, written for those with absolutely no experience with Access 2010. It features highly descriptive screenshot captions that explain exactly how to complete a task.

This Microsoft Press foray into the world of Access tutorial books makes you wonder why the company doesn't have the same team working on its product documentation. This book should be included in the box when you purchase Access. Similar to "Access 2010: The Missing Manual," this book offers an illustrated look at the program's features. It's not quite as user-friendly as MacDonald's book, but still a useful reference.

This book from Que offers a unique way to learn more about Microsoft Access 2010. It includes the typical topics you'd expect to see in a beginner's reference guide, including manipulating data, using queries, forms and reports, creating databases and tables, using relationships to enhance queries, automating databases with macros, sharing data with other applications and putting databases on the web. In addition, it has two great supplemental video features with the free web edition. The first, "Show Me" videos, walks you step-by-step through some of the tasks outlined in the book. These are great for visual learners who prefer to be shown how to complete a task. Also, the "Tell Me More" audio provides additional insight into book topics.

This 1300+ page tome offers an amazingly complete reference to the entire Access 2010 product. This book is often used as a textbook in Access courses and includes a free CD that enables you to follow along with the examples. The CD includes Access databases that contain the data from each chapter of the book—you can walk through the examples exactly as they appear in print. It also contains a searchable PDF of the book that you can use to keep your knowledge with you on the go if you don't want to haul this heavy book around with you.

You don't have to be a dummy to appreciate "Access 2010 for Dummies." This book, written in the world-famous Dummies style, provides readers with a gentle introduction to the world of databases and Microsoft Access 2010. It's chock full of examples and is sure to please the novice user. While brevity is this book's strength, it is also its limitation. If you're looking for detailed explanations or in-depth examples, the Dummies series is not the right place for you. You'd be better off with the "Microsoft Access 2010 Bible." On the other hand, if you want a quick overview of Microsoft Access 2010 written in a clear, accessible style, you'll want to check out "Access 2010 for Dummies."