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There are five object wizards in Access for tables, queries, forms, reports, and pages. In addition, there is a wizard for creating whole databases. The value of these wizards varies quite a bit from highly useful pages, reports, and forms to less useful queries, to mysterious tables that really just create other tables from predefined data supplied by Microsoft.

All the wizards, especially the Database Template Wizard, are useful for the Access student because you can get to see how Microsoft did it. Creating objects or whole databases using wizards, and then examining those objects in design view, gives you valuable insight into the minds of the Access engineers.

Later on when you move to using Access as a developer, you'd be well-advised to keep these wizards in mind. Rarely, if ever, will you find any wizard that creates an object just as you'd like it, but wizards can come close. Adding a bit of effort to customize a wizard's output results in an object that's just as good as a fully hand-built one and that saves you a substantial amount of time.

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