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Microsoft Access
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1. database A relational database running under MicrosoftWindows. Data is stored as a number of "tables",
e.g. "Stock". Each table consists of a number of "records"
(e.g. for different items) and each record contains a number
of "fields", e.g. "Product code", "Supplier", "Quantity in
Access allows the user to create "forms" and "reports". A
form shows one record in a user-designed format and allows the
user to step through records one at a time. A report shows
selected records in a user-designed format, possibly grouped
into sections with different kinds of total (including sum,
minimum, maximum, average).
There are also facilities to use links ("joins") between
tables which share a common field and to filter records
according to certain criteria or search for particular field