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Working with a Table in Design View


Most Access objects are displayed in Design view, which allows you to work with the underlying structure of your tables, queries, forms, and reports. To create a new table in Design view, you define the fields that will comprise the table before you enter any data. In Design view for tables, each row corresponds to a field. You can edit, insert, and delete fields in your database tables in Design view. You insert a field by adding a row, while you delete a field by removing a row. You can also change field order by dragging a row selector to a new position.

Create or Modify a Table in Design View

yellow_circle_1.gif Click the Create tab, and then click the Table Design button, or select the table you want to modify in the Navigation pane, and then click the Design View button.

yellow_circle_2.gif Click in a Field Name cell, and then type a modified field name.

yellow_circle_3.gif Click in a Data Type cell, click the Data Type list arrow, and then click a data type.

yellow_circle_4.gif Click in a Description cell, and then type a description. If the Property Update Options button appears, select an option, if necessary.

yellow_circle_5.gif To insert a field, click the row selector below where you want the field, and then click the Insert Rows button on the Ribbon.

yellow_circle_6.gif To delete a field, click the row selector for the field you want to delete, and then click the Delete Rows button on the Ribbon.

yellow_circle_7.gif Click the Save button on the Quick Access Toolbar, and then if necessary, enter a table name and click OK.

yellow_circle_8.gif When you’re done, click the Close button in the Table window.

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