Now that you know how to use and modify existing databases, you might be interested in designing your own. Database design can be very complicated—so complicated, in fact, that people take extensive courses just to learn how to plan them. For this reason, we haven't focused on creating a database from scratch. However, we can help you get started.
In this lesson, you will learn how to create a database from an existing template. You will also learn about other resources you can use to understand database design.
Before deciding to build your own database, you may want to look at the templates included in Access to see if any of them match your needs. When you select a template, Access creates a new database based on that template. Once it's created, you can fill the database with your own information or modify it to suit your needs.
Note that some Access templates require you to save the database online with Microsoft SharePoint. Many businesses use SharePoint to share files at work. To learn more, see our SharePoint Resources page.
It's important to note that not all templates are created by Microsoft. Many are created by third-party providers and even individual users, so some templates may work better than others.
Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find free, high-quality resources on database design. On this page, you'll find links to online resources that can help you get started. You can also contact your local library for instructional books and resources.
If you are willing to devote even more time and resources to learning database design, you can also search for Access certification classes online and in your community. However, as a rule, these classes are not free.