Microsoft Access 2007 Version Overview

If you're using Microsoft Access 2007, you may want to check out this list of some of the new features in 2007 before attending a training course.

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Microsoft Access 2007 New Features

Applies to: Microsoft Access 2007 for Windows

The following are some of the key new features available in Microsoft Access 2007.

Ribbon Interface

Starting in Access 2007, users now interact with a Ribbon with tabs instead of menus.

Office Button

Click on the Office button to access commands that were original in the File menu such as Open, Close, and Save. This is called the Backstage view.

Navigation Pane with a Search Bar

The Navigation Pane is now used to manipulate objects in a database. You can customize its display and use the Search Bar to find objects in the the database.

Add Fields Task Pane

In Access 2007, you can add fields to a form or report using the Add Fields task pane. In Design View, click on the Design tab and click on Add Fields. Simply click on a field in the task pane and drag it to the form or report in Design View.

Managing Controls with Control Layouts

You can add and remove controls in control layouts in Access 2007 forms and reports. A control layout "groups" controls within the layout and manipulates them as one group of controls.

New Sorting and Grouping in Reports

A new method for sorting and grouping has been added to reports. Instead of using the traditional sorting and grouping dialog box, users can now click on Group and Sort on the Design tab in the Ribbon when in Design View. A new Group and Sort set of options appear at the bottom of the screen and you can add grouping and sorting in a new way.

Totals in Queries and Tables

In datasheet view in queries and tables, you can now click on a Totals button to add totals at the bottom of the record set. You can specify different types of summary calculations in the totals row.

Report View Allows Filtering

The new Report View allows users to perform filters on a report without creating a new query.

Output Reports to PDF

It's now simple to output reports to PDF without printing to a PDF printer.

Display Tabs for Objects

You can now display tabs for objects rather than a title bar. This makes it easy to have multiple objects open at the same time.

Use Automatic Filtering in Datasheet Views

Filtering or autofiltering is turned on automatically so it's easy to filter in a query or table in datasheet view. There are also more intuitive filtering options.

Data Picker for Date Fields

A calendar data picker appears automatically for date fields.

Enhanced Command Buttons on Forms

Buttons have been enhanced and support graphics, transparency, and hyperlink hand hovering.

Trusted Locations

You can now specify trusted locations  to avoid the security warnings when opening a database stored in a trusted location. A trusted location can be for a folder and its subfolders. If an Access database is stored in a trusted folder, it is automatically considered trusted and the user does not need to enable the running of macro code.

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