With all the power that Access has (and that it therefore gives you), there
comes a small price: complexity. Access isn’t one of those applications you
can just sit down and use “right out of the box.” It’s not scarily difficult or
anything, but there’s a lot going on — and you need some guidance, some
help, and some direction to really use it and make it bend to your will. And
that’s where this book — a “reference for the rest of us” — comes in.
So you’ve picked up this book. Hang on to it. Clutch it to your chest and run
gleefully from the store, or click the Add to Shopping Cart button and sit back
with an expression of satisfaction and accomplishment on your face, because
you’ve done a smart thing. When you get home, or when the book arrives in
person (or by download to your hand-held device), start reading — whether
you begin with Chapter 1 or whether you dive in and start with a particular
feature or area of interest that’s been giving you fits. Just read, and then go
put Access to work for you.