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The problem

Many tasks in Microsoft Access can be accomplished using
keystroke combinations rather than point and clicking the mouse. Remembering
these keystrokes can be difficult.

The cause

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.

The solution

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:

Alternative solutions

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.