How to Activate My Access Account

by Ray Padgett

To use the full version of Microsoft Access, you have to activate your account. This confirms that you have purchased the program and it reduces software piracy. Activating your Access account is simple and will get the full version working on your computer. You will need an active Internet connection.

Open Microsoft Access.

Select "Help" from the "File" tab.

Type in your product key. It will be on the case of the Access CD if you purchased a physical version or in your email if you downloaded the product.

Click "Activate Using the Internet."

Click "Done" when the activation confirmation screen pops up.

About the Author

Based in New York City, Ray Padgett has been writing about music and technology since his 2009 graduation from Dartmouth College. He has a degree in religion, with a minor in English. He has been published in SPIN.com and in "The Celebrity Café," "The Noise" and an upcoming Bob Dylan anthology.

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