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Access Basics

Best fit The term used when a column in a datasheet is resized to the best width for the data contained in the column.
Compacting A process that rearranges the way a database is stored on disk and optimizes the performance of the database.
Database A collection of objects that work together to store, retrieve, display, and summarize data and also to automate tasks.
Database management system (DBMS) A program that you use to store, retrieve, analyze, and print information.
Datasheet Displays the data for a table or query in rows and columns, with records in rows and fields in columns.
Datasheet selector The box in the upper-left corner of a datasheet that, when clicked, selects all fields and records in the datasheet.
Datasheet view The view of a database table that displays data in rows and columns.
Field A single characteristic in a table's design that appears in a datasheet as a column.
Field name The name of a column in a database table.
Field selector The top of a column in a datasheet that contains the field name. Clicking a field selector selects the column.
Field value The specific data stored in a field for a record.
Navigation pane The pane in Access that displays the objects in a database.
Record The collection of field values for a complete set of data.
Record selector The box to the left of a record in a datasheet that, when clicked, selects the entire record.
Created by: KatMead