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Microsoft Access is a Database Management System (BDMS) that is used to develop software for Windows formatted (FAT32) computers. Majorly used for creating, formatting, and managing data, M Access, is made by Microsoft and distributed as part of the Microsoft Office Suite. Fundamental functions of M Access includes data entry, handling queries, generating reports, etc. Access’ programming language is just as important, as it allows users make modifications to the application’s default functionality.
Following subsequent updates form Access 2013, to 2016, and now 2019, there have been some backend improvements and upgrades making the application more powerful and efficient. We will be highlighting some of the key features of the M Access application in this article.
1. Visualise Data with Multiple Types of Charts
This is update has made it even easier for users to analyse and manage data. M Access now gives users the ability to represent data stored in forms and reports on different types of charts. There’s also the add-on of being able to match fields to chart dimensions and real-time previews.
2. Tell Me Function
Though this update was initially rolled out in 2016, there have also been some significant improvements. The initial release in 2016, was only able to create forms, tables, and reports by activating the tool integrated into the search box. This recent update gives users the ability to handle quick tasks directly from the Tell Me pane. For more complex tasks and questions, the tool gives suggestions that best suits your needs and solve your problem. There’s also been significant improvements in the time it takes load query suggestions.
3. Import and Export Data
Another vital data management feature integrated in M Access. Users can export data seamlessly to other applications like Excel. An exporting wizard guides through the whole procedure, and the operator doesn’t have to wary about doing anything wrong. There’s also a miscellaneous tool that allows users export data in different formats that other applications can read.
4. dBASE Support
This particular feature was initially removed in the 2016 update, but good to know that it’s back. It allows users import and/or link data stored in dBASE (.dbf). In-depth information about the feature here.
5. Database Building
This M Access feature gives Microsoft users the ability to build and design their database seamlessly. Operators can get their own customised workspace as per the suitable template. There’s also a large number of free M Access templates with basic database structures, which beginners using the software can chose from.
There are a lot of powerful features integrated in this application that’s not listed above; we’ve tried to limit it to a few that’s vital for database management which is the main use of the application. Some other cool features in this software include; customising database with VBA code, report view, outputting reports in PDFs, and front end for enterprise-wide client/server applications.