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11/23/2011 12:51:16 PM
Access 2010 Beginner 1
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If you are new to Microsoft Access 2010, this video tutorial will teach you all of the basics of how to build a Microsoft Access database. You will learn:

- Database Terminology & Benefits
- Planning Your Database
- The Access Interface & Ribbon
- Building a Customer Table
- Entering and Editing Data
- Sorting & Filtering Records
- Constructing Customer Queries
- Designing a Customer Form Interface
- Developing Reports & Mailing Labels

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Track customer with my own number Comment from Jennifer H @ 2/21/2013
Thank you so much . Am enjoying your lessons.  I have taught myself and am enjoying going through your lessons and learning all the tricks. Wish I had started with your lessons.  My database is to capture medical data. I therefore have multiple tables with a large amount of fields. I  gave each patient a unique patient number and called it the primary key in the first table where I linked it to name .  Can I now add a separate autonumber even after data has been added?   I hope to be able to split the database for data entry via forms.  Am putting all on hold while I do all your lessons as far as expert 1!!!

Reply from Richard Rost:

Sure... you could keep your old number, just use a new ID field for RELATIONSHIPS.
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Track customer with my own number Comment from Jennifer @ 2/20/2013
Thank you for Q and A.  If your own number is absolutely unique why should it confuse relationships?  Also have read that the primary key can include more than one field. Could this be the unique number and auto number?

Reply from Richard Rost:

You CAN use your own number for an ID field. You don't HAVE to use an Autonumber, but I recommend it. If you use an Autonumber you don't have to worry about assigning unique values or dealing with changes in the value. If you want to have a 2nd number (your custom number) on the record too, that's fine - but don't use it for relationships. Again, just MY OPINION from my 20+ years of building databases.

Yes, a "key" can contain more than one field. This is called a composite key.  I cover them in one of my lessons... I forget which one though. :)
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Track customer with my own number Comment from  Jeff @ 5/4/2012
If i would like to track people by a spicific number; would I still do an auto number field but make the specific number the primary key?

Reply from Richard Rost:

If YOU have a specific number that YOU'VE assigned to them, then make this a SECOND field. Still use the AutoNumber to have Access assign a number to them, but you can use YOUR number as well. You want to use AutoNumbers to form the relationships in your database (we'll get into those in the Expert classes soon).  Since AutoNumbers never change, you don't have to worry about relationships getting messed up.
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