How to Enter Data in Access

by Eliah Sekirin

Microsoft Access is a database application that is a part of the Microsoft Office applications suite. Entering data into Microsoft Access isn't difficult. Essentially, there are two ways to do that: through a datasheet view or by entering a new record on an Access form.

Datasheet View

Double-click the table you'd like to enter data to. Table names are at the bottom of the "Create" choices.

Wait for a table with horizontal rows and vertical columns to appear. A row is a record in your table. The left triangle on the far left indicates that the record is selected.

Enter a new record by filing out fields right of the asterisk (the rows at the bottom). If you'd like to change the content of a cell, double-click it.

Press Ctrl+S (save the database), and your changes to the table will be saved.

Using a Form

Click on the Forms button that is on the left of the dialog box..

Double-click the form that corresponds with the table (it should have a similar name).

After a new window appears, locate a button to the left of the number of records (located at the bottom of the dialog box). It looks like >*

Type the data into the form. Save your table by clicking Ctrl and S simultaneously.

About the Author

Eliah Sekirin started writing newspaper articles in 2003. His work has appeared in "Junij Poliyehnik" and on Web sites such as Prepodi.com. His writing interests are business, finance, economics, politics, arts, history, culture and information technology. Eliah holds a Bachelor of Science in econometrics from Kiev Polytechnic Institute.