How to Add Access to Microsoft Office Standard

by Brendan O'Brien

Microsoft Office is a suite of productivity applications that allow you to create documents, presentations and spreadsheets. One of the components is Access, an application that lets you create databases. If you did not install Access when you initially installed Office, you can easily add it to your system at a later time. Whether you're running Windows Vista, 7 or XP, adding Access takes just a few minutes.

Shut down all of your applications.

Click "Start" in the lower left corner of your desktop. Click "Open" if you are running Windows XP, and enter "appwiz.cpl" into the field. Enter "appwiz.cpl" in the field above the "Start" button in Windows Vista or 7. Press "Enter."

Highlight "Microsoft Office Edition 2007," and click "Change."

Click "Add or Remove Features," and then click "Continue." Select "Access," and then click "Continue" to complete the process. Restart your computer.

About the Author

Brendan O'Brien is a professional journalist in Milwaukee, Wis. He has worked for several news organizations, newspapers such as the "Milwaukee Journal Sentinel" and trade magazines during his career of more than 15 years. He is currently a freelance writer who works for several publications.

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