MS Access 2013 – 30 Minutes First Look

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Pre-Requirement

This article, will cover about MS Access 2013, focusing about new features and it might to combine with Windows 8 features.

I am assuming with this :
  1. You already familiar with MS Access, at least MS Access 2007 or MS Access 2010. I am using MS Office 2013 Pro Plus in this article.
  2. You already use Windows 8 as desktop operating system.
  3. You have an account in OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive).
  4. Good internet connection, we need it surely in some section in this article.
Now let’s begin.

As we know that cloud computing is a kind of mantra these days, so that happen in MS Office 2013. Microsoft provide OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) as basic cloud computing for everyone and surely we can use it in MS Access or other MS Office application.

So we login to our Windows 8 with Microsoft Account. We can use service from hotmail.com, Live.com or Outlook.com and don’t forget to login in to our OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) Account.


What New Features

  • MS Access Get New Look (User Interface)

    Fire up your MS Access 2013 and you will see that Microsoft give “new look” (User Interface) for MS Access, this is a “tradition”, every new version  will be given new User Interface. So the first thing I found is New Look (User Interface) for MS Access 2013.

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  • MS Access Connected with Our "Microsoft Account"

    As I mention above that we login in our Windows 8 with Microsoft Account. Meaning we have to connect to the internet. Check out at the right-up corner. We can see our name, e-mail address, and sure our photographs (if you provide it with your account).

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  • Connected To “Other Services"

    Click menu Account - see the "Microsoft Account" that I marked with green box - and we can see that we can “connected” to many services. Not just OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive), but also Facebook, Twitter, and so on.

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    Now let click Switch Account, MS Access will ask wether we will move to other account. Usually from the company or organization where we work for.

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    Benefit of this feature is, when we use someone else’s PC/NB, we can still use our work stored in our OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) account for example without bothering ourself. Nice isn’t it ? MS Access really ready for cloud computing.

  • MS Access FileSaved in OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive)

    How to use cloud computing (OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive)) in MS Access ?  Basicly, all MS Office 2013 application can use OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive).
    Click Open and you will see your OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) account where we can open our files stored in OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive).

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  • New Data Type

    In MS Access 2013, Microsoft give MS Access new data type. Even 2 of them. Short Text and Long Text. You may check at the picture.

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    For Short Text, in property would allow maximum 255 characters, and for Long Text can be more than 255 characters.
    Ok, that something new and interesting in MS Access 2013. Hope it help you in understanding and use MS Access 2013 potency.

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Article ID: 2832662 - Last Review: February 19, 2014 - Revision: 4.0
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