Microsoft Access 2013 New Features Overview

Applies to: Microsoft Access 2013 for Windows

If you're considering upgrading to Microsoft Access 2013 before attending a training course or arranging custom training, check out this list of some of the new features in Access 2013.

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The following are some of the key new features available in Microsoft Access 2013.

New Look and Feel

In Access 2013, the interface has a new look and feel, particularly related to animated actions of the mouse and interactions with the Ribbon.

Navigating using the Action Bar

There are now new navigation tools including an Action Bar and you can can customize the Action Bar.

Built-in Searching and Filtering

Access provides a list view which always shows the search box with a list of records. You don't need to write code to make it easy for users to search. Users can simply  click on a record to view the details. You don't need to create a search form with code behind it.

Easily Hide Tables

In Access 2013, when you add a table, a new tab appears and you have the option to hide it.

Create Lookups Easily

The lookup interface has been improved and makes it easy to build foreign keys. In older versions, lookup fields required several steps in the lookup wizard to set up the lookup. This wizard is now a single step and the descriptions are easier to follow so that a user who never has heard of things like "foreign key constraint" and "normal form" can  create lookups.

Related Lookup Behaviour

If a record has a lookup field on it, it can be displayed as a hyperlink which can be used to pop open a form showing the details of the related record. There are also related item controls which makes it every easy to drill through information. No programming is required.

Pop-up Properties Window

In Access 2013, you can now enter properties in a pop-up window rather than searching for properties.

Enhanced Theme Options

There are new theme options in Access 2013 to improve formatting and get a consistent look and feel.

New Templates

Several new templates have been added in 2013 including templates for tables.

Deploy Databases on the Web with Web Apps

Access 2013 now allows you to build a web app database. You can add and edit data in a web app database, share it and publish a desktop database to the web.

If you set up a subscription account, it's fairly simple and inexpensive to deploy a web application (rather than setting up your own web server).

SQL Server Backend

SQL (Structured Query Language) is in the background. SQL Server is now on the backend which will allow for easy upsizing of databases. Both desktop Access applications and web applications use the same SQL Server backend and achieve consistency this way. You can also use SQL Server Reporting Services, Excel or any other tools that supports connecting to SQL.


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