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Microsoft® Access® 2010 In Depth by Roger Jennings

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8. Linking, Importing, and Exporting Data

Undoubtedly, every personal computer user has data that can be processed through database-management techniques. Any data that a computer can arrange in tabular form—even tables in word processing files—can be converted to database tables. The strength of a relational database management system (RDBMS) lies in its capability to handle large numbers of individual pieces of data stored in tables and to relate the pieces of data in a meaningful way.

PC users turn to RDBMSs when the amount of data created exceeds a conventional productivity application’s capability to manipulate the data effectively. A common example is a large mailing list created in Microsoft Excel or Word. As the number of names in the ...

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