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Free Access 2007 tutorial by Crystal Long

Crystal Long - Access MVPCrystal Long – Access MVP – has published a 100-page tutorial on Access that she makes freely available to everyone! This 8-part series covers everything from database design basics and normalization to form and report design. Here are some tips from Crystal herself on getting the most out of this wonderful resource.

“To get the most out of ‘Access Basics’, try to clear your mind of your immediate needs and focus, instead, on generalities… otherwise you may skim over essentials that you see no immediate application for…

Print it out and read it once a week. As you read, use a highlighter for things you want to emphasize. Put ‘?’ in the margins of paragraphs that you skip or don’t make sense with a pencil. Each time you read it, erase the pencil marks as you understand.

Also, copy the chapter files to your hard drive and follow each one of the links — to familiarize yourself with other available resources.“

It is this sort of activity that makes Crystal such a valuable resource in the Access technical community and one of many reasons that we’re proud to count her as an MVP.


September 21, 2008 - Posted by | Access, Microsoft MVP Program


  1. Here’s a tip for Excel developers looking to enhance their Access skills, having been there and done this:

    Forget everything you know. Seriously, start from scratch and don’t assume the two are similar. These are two very different Object Models and seperation is essential for best-in-class practices.

    Thanks, Crys! 🙂

    Comment by Nate Oliver | October 18, 2008 | Reply

  2. Tom,

    Sorry to attach this to your Access post, but I wanted to ask a question, and this seemed the fastest way! I’m a fan of the _Extending MFC Applications with the .NET Framework_ book you co-authored, and I wondered if you and Nishant S. have any plans to put out an updated edition, one that addresses the latest /clr syntax.

    Robbie Peele

    Comment by Robbie Peele | November 7, 2008 | Reply

  3. Nice tut,

    Thanks a million

    Comment by just a feeling | June 5, 2009 | Reply

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