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Lesson 2 Prerequisites
Objective Verify that you have the Background and Software required for this Course.

Verify that you have the Background and Software

I am working as a MS Access 365 Developer? What is the role of Microsoft Access Wizards in Microsoft 365?
As a Microsoft Access 365 Developer, understanding the role and utility of Microsoft Access Wizards is crucial. These wizards are integral tools within Access 365, designed to streamline and simplify various database tasks. Their primary functions include:
  1. Simplifying Complex Tasks: Access Wizards provide a guided, step-by-step approach to complex database operations, making them more accessible to users of all skill levels. This is particularly beneficial for less technical users or those new to database design and management.
  2. Table Creation and Management: The Table Wizard assists users in creating tables by offering a range of predefined table templates. These templates cover common use cases and can be customized as needed, speeding up the table creation process.
  3. Form Design: The Form Wizard simplifies the process of creating forms for data entry and display. It allows you to select the fields, define their layout, and choose the style, thereby automating much of the design work.
  4. Report Generation: The Report Wizard helps in creating professional-looking reports. It guides you through selecting fields, grouping data, and choosing layouts, which is crucial for data analysis and presentation.
  5. Query Design: The Query Wizard assists in building queries, including select, crosstab, find duplicates, and find unmatched queries. This functionality is essential for extracting and manipulating data from tables.
  6. Data Import and Export: Wizards also facilitate the import and export of data to and from various formats like Excel, CSV, and other databases. This is vital for data integration and migration tasks.
  7. Database Maintenance: Maintenance wizards guide users through routine database maintenance tasks, ensuring database integrity and performance optimization.
  8. Customization and Extension: For advanced users like yourself, these wizards can be customized or extended using VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) to fit specific business needs or to create new wizards that cater to bespoke workflows.
  9. User Assistance and Education: Wizards serve as educational tools for novice users, helping them understand database concepts and operations through practical, hands-on experience.
  10. Efficiency and Productivity: By automating routine tasks and guiding users through complex processes, Access Wizards significantly enhance efficiency and productivity, enabling users to focus on more critical aspects of database development and management.

As a developer, your role may involve leveraging these wizards to create robust database solutions, customizing them to suit specific project requirements, and potentially guiding less experienced users in their effective utilization. Understanding and utilizing Microsoft Access Wizards is a key component of effective and efficient database management and development in Microsoft Access 365.


This course assumes that you understand the basics such as using the Access wizards, as well as how to create simple tables, queries, forms, and reports. You should also know how to switch among the various objects by using the main database window.
It would be helpful to have completed Microsoft Access 2013 Series: Building a Database, Working with Data, and Advanced Tables, Queries, Forms, and Reports courses or to have equivalent knowledge and experience.

Platform support

This course is designed for the Windows, Linux, and Mac computer platforms.
Microsoft Access can help you manage your data in ways that no other application can. Even the king of applications, Microsoft Excel, cannot do what Access can. Now, it may seem silly to compare Access (a database management application) with Excel (a spreadsheet application), but there is no doubt that Excel is being used every day to manage and analyze large amounts of data in all kinds of organizations. You may be studying this course because you need to get past the limitations of Excel. Access is an excellent and logical next step for the analyst who faces an ever-increasing data pool. Access takes very few performance hits with larger datasets. It has no predetermined row limitations. And it can effectively manage the relationships between disparate data tables. In addition, Access comes with tools that help you build your own distributable applications. Today, when we have more data than ever and more demands for complex data analysis, power analysts need to add some tools to their repertoire in order to get away from being simply spreadsheet mechanics. That is why this course is such an important step in the evolution of your skillset. Throughout this course, not only will you get an introduction to Access, but you will also learn various ways in which you can use Access to improve your daily data management and analysis.
In the next lesson, we will take a look at what you need to get the most from this course.