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Access - Build Tables With Table Designer

When you create a table with Table Design, you can be more deliberate about designing your database, set field types, create a lookup list, and create a foreign key to pair with your primary key.

Create a table with Table Design

  1. Select Create > Table Design.

    Access ribbon command for Create > Table Design
  2. In the new table, for the first field, enter a field name and a data type.

    First field name and data type of a new Access table
  3. To set the primary key for the table, select the Field Name cell for the appropriate field and then select Primary Key.

    Selecting a primary key field in a new Access table

    The Primary Key indicator appears to the left of the field name. You can change the primary key at any time, but each table can have only one primary key.

  4. Select File > Save, and name the table.

There are many more options when you build and modify tables with Table Design.

Switch the Table Designer between Datasheet View and Design View
  • Switch between Design View and Datasheet View for any saved table.

  • Designate any field as the table’s primary key.

  • Use Builder to create an expression or input mask.

  • Test validation rules.

  • Insert and delete rows.

  • Create lookup lists.

  • Create, rename, and delete data macros.

  • Define relationships and object dependencies.

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Keywords:access build table designer office 365 internet web   Doc ID:79469
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2018-01-19 10:10 MSTUpdated:2018-05-24 07:46 MST
Sites:New Mexico State University
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