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Many tasks in Microsoft Access can be accomplished using keystroke combinations rather than point and clicking the mouse. Remembering these keystrokes can be difficult.
Back in the days of DOS and dBase, whenever users wanted to do something in a database like create fields, they had to remember keyboard combinations and different commands. Windows made applications easier to learn by implementing a GUI and drop-down menus requiring the use of a mouse. This made applications easier to learn but a little less efficient by forcing the user to let go of the keyboard to accomplish simple tasks. Knowing the proper keyboard commands allows users to quickly do things without having to reach for the mouse.
Microsoft didn't completely do away with the keyboard combinations used in old DOS database programs. Some of the most important Microsoft Access keyboard shortcuts you can use include:
This chart includes only a partial list of the keyboard shortcuts available in Microsoft Access. For a complete list, you can either check the Help function in Microsoft Access or check out Microsoft's Web Site. You can also obtain additional Access shortcut information from TechRepublic's Quick Reference: Microsoft Office Pack.