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Office 2007: The Missing Manual by E. A. Vander Veer, Matthew MacDonald, Chris Grover

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The Navigation Pane

It's time to step back and take a look at what you've accomplished so far. You've created the Bobblehead database, and added a single database object: a table named Dolls. You've filled the Dolls table with several records. You don't have the fancy windows, reports, and search routines that make a database work really smoothly, but you do have the most important ingredient—organized data.

One issue you haven't tackled yet is how you manage the objects in your database. For example, if you have more than one table, you need a way to move back and forth between the two. That tool's the navigation pane, shown in Figure 26-21.

Unhappy with the space consumed by the navigation pane? Click the Open/Close button in the top-right corner (top), and the navigation bar slides out of the way to give more room for the datasheet (bottom). Click the button again to expand it back into view.

Figure 26-21.  Unhappy with the space consumed by the navigation pane? Click the Open/Close button in the top-right corner (top), and the navigation bar slides out of the way to give more room for the datasheet (bottom). Click the button again to expand it back into view.

Browsing Tables with the Navigation Pane

The navigation pane shows the objects (Understanding Access Databases) that are part of your database, and it lets you manipulate them. However, you don't necessarily see all your database objects at all times. The navigation pane has several different viewing modes, so you can home in on exactly what interests you.

When you first create a database, the navigation pane shows only the tables in your database. That's good enough for now—after ...

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