Access 2000: Starting Access

Lesson 3: Starting Access



By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Name the parts of the Access window
  • Open an existing database

Installing Access 2000

If you are installing and starting Access 2000 for the first time, the Office Assistant welcomes you to Microsoft Access 2000.

Office Assistant

Important pointClick Start Using Microsoft Access 2000 to hide the Office Assistant and begin using Access.

The Access environment

After you start Access, the following screen displays:

The Access Window

Important pointNotice the Microsoft Access dialog box in the center of the screen.

Opening an existing database

To open an existing database:

  • The default choice on the Microsoft Access dialog box is Open An Existing File.
  • Select a file and click OK.

Microsoft Access dialog box


  • If the file you want to open does not appear in the Microsoft Access dialog box's More Files list, click OK and use the Open dialog box to navigate to the existing database you want to open.

Open dialog box

  • The database window appears.

database window

Opening files in Access

Once you've used the Open dialog box to open a database file:

  • The Microsoft Access dialog box will list the databases you commonly work with.
  • If you accidentally close the Microsoft Access dialog box without choosing a file to work with, use the Open button to find the file.

Important's Access lessons use examples from the Great Lake Elementary School database. Download the Great Lake Elementary School database for reference. However, if you'd rather work with another existing database, you should still be able to follow along with the lessons.

Important pointYou can review opening an existing file in our Office 2000 tutorial.


  • Start Access.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Access 2000 window.
  • If one is available to you, open an existing database.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Access environment. In the database window, click the following database objects in the Objects palette: tables, queries, forms, and reports.