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Backstage View

Contains many of the commands that were on the File menu in previous versions of Microsoft Access and allows you to create a new database, create a database from a template, open an existing database, and perform many database maintenance skills.


Small square labels containing Key Tips that appear on the Ribbon when the ALT key is pressed.

Connection Status Menu

A menu that lets you choose between searching help topics online and help topics offline.


A tool for collecting and organizing information.

Database Management System (DBMS)

A system for managing data that allows the user to store, retrieve, and analyze information.


A visual representation of the data contained in a table or of the results returned by a query.

Data Type

The kind of information a field contains, whether text, number, date/time, or some other type.


The first screen you see after you start the computer.

Dialog Box Launcher

A small arrow in the lower right corner of the group that you click to launch a dialog box that displays additional options or information.


A column in a database table.

File Tab

A tab that displays the Backstage view and contains a menu of commands that you can use for the common tasks performed with your database files, such as opening, saving, and printing.


A database object that simplifies the process of entering, editing, and displaying information.


Related commands within the tabs on the Ribbon.

Key Tips

Small letters and numbers that appear on the Ribbon when you press ALT; used for executing commands with the keyboard.

Normal Forms

The standards and guidelines of database design that can be used to determine if a database is structured correctly.


The process of applying rules to a database design to ensure that information is divided into the appropriate tables.


Elements in a database, such as tables, queries, forms, and reports.

Relational Database

A group of database tables that are connected or linked by a defined relationship that ties the information together.


A database object that presents information in a format that is easy to read and print.


A graphic band located across the top of the screen that contains tabs and groups of commands.


An area of activity on the Ribbon.


The most basic database object that stores data in categories.

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